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Political science offers courses in American, comparative and international politics taught by skilled faculty with diverse ideas, teaching methods, and philosophies who are dedicated to quality teaching. Our courses critically analyze American and global political phenomena and how these phenomena affect our daily lives. Our classes feature active learning including Model United Nations; moot court and congressional hearing simulations; debates; internships; and service-learning. Through hands-on learning and internship opportunities, the political science department at Salem State prepares students for a wide variety of careers in the field.

Degree Programs

  • Political Science

    BA
    Undergraduate

    The study of political science provides students with the knowledge and skills to engage in the complex realm of national and international politics.

    Our graduates go on to careers in public service, including government, law, journalism, military, teaching, campaign politics, social movement advocacy, and international organizations.

    The bachelor of arts (BA) program is a liberal arts course of study incorporating a foreign language requirement and a minor from some other complementary discipline. 

  • Political Science

    BS
    Undergraduate

    The study of political science provides students with the knowledge and skills to engage in the complex realm of national and international politics.

    Our graduates go on to various careers in public service, including government, law, journalism, military, teaching, campaign politics, social movement advocacy, and international organizations. 

    The bachelor of science (BS) program does not include the foreign language requirement or require a minor, but does include courses in empirical political analysis.

  • Civic Engagement

    Minor
    Undergraduate

    The civic engagement minor seeks to provide students with the opportunity to gain knowledge, skills and experiences to become informed and effective participants in civic and democratic life. The interdisciplinary 15-credit minor includes an Introduction to Civic Engagement course and capstone experience (directed study in Civic Engagement or Directed Field Experience in Civic Engagement), along with courses from three categories of electives: politics/policy, communication/advocacy skills, and social justice/social change. To foster an interdisciplinary understanding of civic engagement, each of the three electives must be from a different department.

  • Political Science

    Minor
    Undergraduate

    Students majoring in history, sociology, criminal justice, economics, psychology, communications, and business, and students preparing for law school or international business frequently have found a minor in political science to be very useful in their careers. Other students also have found a minor in political science helps them to critically analyze developments in their areas of interest. 

  • International Relations

    Minor
    Undergraduate

    Within an increasingly globalized world, the International Relations minor provides students helps equip students for careers in many fields, particularly business, education, history, geography, and interdisciplinary studies and to Salem State’s international students.  

  • Public Policy and Administration

    Minor
    Undergraduate

    The public policy and public administration minor allows students to acquire analytical skills, knowledge of the policy making and implementation process, and substantive background in policy issues of interest to them. The fields of public policy and public administration has particular relevance to careers in business, criminal justice, social work, education, geography, communications, and biology.

  • American Government, Law and Policy

    Concentration
    Undergraduate

    American politics examines the US political system, public policy process and political actors and issues at the local, state and national levels. Through contemporary and historical lenses, American politics courses explore the powers, functions and behavior of the Congress, presidency, the courts and state and local government. 

  • International Relations and Comparative Politics

    Concentration
    Undergraduate

    International politics studies the political interactions and relationships among two or more transnational actors on the global stage, and the structure and context of the current globalized international system within which these interactions and relationships occur. Historically, states have been the dominant transnational actors in the world, but in the twenty-first century these actors increasingly include non-state entities such as international governmental organizations, international non-governmental organizations, multi-national corporations, and transnational religious, ethnic, ideological, social, professional or criminal groups and movements.

  • Public Policy and Administration

    Certificate
    Graduate

    Bridging theory and practice, our graduate certificate in public policy and administration is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to work effectively in public and non-profit policy administration. Students will have the opportunity to develop strategic competencies in identifying and addressing public policy problems and implementing policies and programs. An emphasis will be placed on areas of public service, community-based collaboration, and social justice.

    Learn more about the Certificate in Public Policy and Administration.

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