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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.


Paulina Odame ‘13
Politics and Law, Economics

Odame has her sights set high – on the United Nations. Hailing from Accra, Ghana, she is majoring in Politics and Law – a precursor to her planned entry into law school.

“I’ve always had a passion for leadership, and I want to participate in a variety of activities that will help me grow as an individual and learn from my experiences and surroundings,” she says.

“Because I am very comfortable and happy at Bryant, I feel empowered to become more involved.” She is a Resident Assistant, a member of the International Student Organization, and the Multicultural Student Union.


Rich Holtzman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science

Politics is what gets Professor Holtzman out of bed in the morning. The political science guru – recognized by students for Excellence in Teaching in 2009 - has published numerous articles on U.S. politics and presidential rhetoric. His recent work focuses on narrative interpretations of the causes of the financial crisis, including an upcoming journal article, “What’s the Problem, Mr. President?: Bush’s Shifting Definitions of the 2008 Financial Crisis.”

Holtzman joined Bryant in 2006 after completing his doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin. His current research projects focus on public policy and the scholarship of teaching and learning.


Ann Marie Habershaw ’84, CPA, MBA
COO, Obama for America

Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee are just a few of the heavyweights on Habershaw’s resume. She has carved a niche for herself in the political arena as chief operating officer, running the day-to-day operations of liberal campaigns.

“Bryant has a reputation for excellent business education,” says Habershaw. “One of the most important lessons I learned in college was that the financial strength and transparency of any organization are key to its success, and understanding these aspects allows you to move into senior leadership positions in any area.”