In pursuing a political science major, you'll explore governance, leadership, and public policy through world-class faculty, research, and internships.
Politics is about collective action. How do we organize ourselves into groups to accomplish goals? How do we make alliances and trade deals, run elections, formulate laws and policy? Politics is also about leadership. How and why do we form and maintain groups? How do you get people to work together? How do you get them to follow you?
Whether you major or minor in political science at Norwich, you’ll enjoy close relationships with world-class faculty.
Our program encompasses four key areas:
1. Public Policy
First-year students take an introductory course in public policy and administration during the spring semester. Focused on public policy, the political science faculty at Norwich take this approach because we want to provide majors with a practical education. Policy is the outcome of a political process and it is through policy that most people come into contact with politics. We believe it is important that citizens and leaders alike understand how policy is made and how it affects people in their daily lives.
2. Research Methods
Every political science major must take a course in research methods. In this course you’ll learn how to formulate a research question, how to collect data, including knowing how to separate useful information from the rest, and how to communicate conclusions in both written and oral presentations.
3. A Multi- and Interdisciplinary Program
Political Science majors are required to take courses in history, English, foreign languages, economics, mathematics, and the natural sciences. We produce students who are conversant in a variety of fields and disciplines.
We strongly encourage political science majors to take an internship. In fact, we offer course credit to students who accept this challenge. There is no better way to learn about politics than to take what you learn in the classroom and compare it to “real life.” Internships are also a great way to make connections for life after Norwich.
The Political Science Program has a strong record of supervising internships for students throughout the United States. The intent of the internship is to provide students with opportunities to apply their classroom learning and to enhance their academic program through practical experience. Students find internships as an invaluable experience through which they can explore potential careers and examine the links between the theory and practice of politics and government.
Norwich University also maintains an institutional affiliation with The Washington Semester Program (WSP), which is the oldest, most prestigious, and well-known experiential education program in the world. This is a dynamic program that takes you outside of the classroom and into the real world. You gain experience and contacts to jump-start your career and get a taste of professional life while you experience the bustling pace of the capital city. Whatever your career interests, the WSP offers a variety of unique and intensive programs that will provide you with a learning opportunity that challenges your mind and will change your life.
To view political science course offerings and a curriculum map for majors and minors, see the Norwich University academic catalog:
Online Masters in Public Administration or Leadership
An advanced degree in public administration or leadership could make all the difference in the rapidly evolving landscape of careers in the public sector. Continue your education at Norwich in an online graduate program that brings working professionals across the country together to solve today's workplace challenges and helps equip you with the skill sets to adapt with change. Check out Norwich's Master of Public Administration or Master of Science in Leadership program.