Political Science

You’re fascinated with the democratic and political process. You follow The Drudge Report, Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, and CNN on Twitter and Facebook. You’ve have campaigned for class president or another office - or served as a campaign manager - and you can picture yourself speaking about public policies – as an interviewer or expert.

In Bryant’s Political Science program, you will gain a working knowledge of foreign and domestic politics and study how governments and citizens act and interact in the making of public policy. Develop a global perspective as well as critical thinking and communication skills. Deepen your ethical sensibility through the study of fundamental ethical questions that are intrinsic to politics.

You will examine the theories and conceptual models used to describe, explain, and predict events, so that you move beyond seeing political events as simply a series of distinct cases. Learn the research methods of the field and produce your own analysis of public policy issues and independent research.

Students interested in Political Science can also pursue a major in Politics and Law.

Future careers, post-grad opportunities

Studying political science will help you develop valuable skills in analytic thinking, decision-making, and communication - abilities that are crucial to your success throughout life. You will be well prepared for advanced study in law school, international relations, political science, or public administration, and for careers in government service, business, education, journalism, policy analysis, and the nonprofit sector.

Political Science faculty

Bryant faculty members are renowned for their in-depth knowledge of topics ranging from U.S. presidencies, to feminism in Japan, to the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. They regularly publish papers, speak at professional events, and contribute to book reviews. They have received awards for excellence in teaching, as well as grants from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, and the National Science Foundation, among others.