Why Political Science?
You might ask the same question about getting a Political Science degree: What can I do now? Students major in Political Science for many reasons. Some go on to work in government, law enforcement, journalism, teaching, others use training in management to work in non-governmental and non-profit organizations in the public or private sectors. Graduates manage campaigns, run for office, or manage an office. Some go on to professional schools: law, public administration, public policy or business. Others pursue masters or doctorates in political science. In other words, Politics is an interesting and dynamic field of study that opens up many doors and prepares students for viable careers both in and out of politics and government. You learn skills that apply in many settings. Learn about representation, public policy and legislating in the classroom and then work in an office of a state or national legislator as an intern. Spend a semester in a semester long election simulation and then work in a campaign. We offer classes, internships, a semester in Washington, independent projects of your design, Moot Court, Model United Nations and many more ways for you to think and engage in society. You pursue your interests!
Spotlight on Political Science
Political Science major (President of SGA)
"Switching my major to political science was the best decision I have made at Framingham State University. The professors, students, and courses have created a learning environment like no other on campus. The department faculty are passionate about what they teach and ensure their students get the best from their education. Students, like myself, can work closely with faculty on subjects and projects that they are passionate about doing. I was able to work one-on-one with Dr. Smailes on a semester-long research project about local government. Learning does not stop in the classroom for political science students. Learning about the importance of advocacy and policy, I turned to FSU’s Student Government Association as a platform to use the skills and knowledge that I gained in the classroom. I am currently serving as Student Government Association President to advocate for the student body and their concerns."
Political Science major
"A regular misconception of mine was that politics was a tangled web before I joined the Political Science Department. I enjoy spending time discussing the political issues of the day and hearing the responses of the class. The faculty, Dr. McCarthy-Latimer, Dr. Smailes, and Dr. Coelho are extremely helpful and involved with their students. I am excited about going abroad next semester and talking with it about my advisor made the procedure less scarey. The courses I have taken in political science have challenged me as a student. I was never afraid to express my opinion in class on many political and social issues. I know that I am growing as a person in political science and my attitude toward the changing world."
Political Science major
"I am incredibly pleased that I chose the political science major at Framingham State University. At FSU, the program offered various subfields from Pre-Law and American Government to Public Administration and International Politics. The faculty was fundamental to my learning. Their vast knowledge and direct engagement taught me how to better understand and analyze the functioning and organization of power and the State. Whenever I needed help – advice, mentorships, or letters of recommendation - the faculty was always there for me. Without their assistance, I do not believe that I would have been accepted to Northeastern University’s masters program in International Relations. I am truly satisfied that I took political science at FSU. The experience gave me the necessary skills to further my studies in this great field."