Join faculty and students from throughout the country who come to Washington to learn, reflect, and engage the world of politics, in a community of lively exchange and mutual respect. Students are challenged in the classroom, and apply what they learn through political internships, campus activities, and immersion in the political and cultural life of Washington.

The Department of Politics reflects our appreciation of the cultural, historical, ethical, and theoretical foundations of political order. While actively engaging the methods and issues of social science, the department recognizes that the complexity of political life and values cannot be reduced to science alone.

Rather, courses also address the dignity of the person and the rich web of social life, consistent with the Catholic tradition that gave birth to the University. This is also reflected in the sense of community among students and with the professors. Faculty are actively engaged in research and the department boasts a distinguished Ph.D. program, yet undergraduates enjoy small classes and accessible professors.

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    How cool would it be to study politics and also land an internship at the White House or on Capitol Hill? Our students get internships where politics happen, in the heart of D.C. Past students have interned at offices and agencies including the Speaker of the House, the Department of Justice, and the White House.

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    Study Abroad

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  • Student in Politics class


    The Department of Politics brings a wide range of political perspectives to the table, including American government, political theory, and world politics with a faculty who have expertise working in the field. Our well-rounded students can earn degrees in Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy.

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    Why Study Politics in D.C.?

    Our D.C. address makes us ideal for students who want to pursue politics. In fact, studying politics in the nation’s capital is like a four-year networking fair. Our students can go from interning at the White House on a Monday to listening to lectures given by the Speaker of the House on a Friday, to volunteering at a federal agency over the weekend.

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