The political science major emphasizes the relationship between politics in theory and politics in action. Students practice what they learn in the classroom both on and off campus. This falls under the global politics and societies (GPS) department which includes four separate major programs of study in sociology, religious studies, political science, and international studies and one minor program of study in social justice.
Political Science Major
Political science has four areas of focus:
- International relations
- Comparative politics
- Political theory
- American politics
In addition students can, with the guidance of their departmental advisor, opt to develop a special interest such as the American judicial system, Latin American politics, or gender in politics.
Political Science Minor
Minors take courses from all levels. You’re required to take two in the American focus and three in the international focus, or vice-versa.
What You'll Learn
Supportive Faculty, Dynamic Curriculum
The professors are a fountain of information and exceedingly intellectual, yet they are also personable and understanding. They expect great things from each student and do not hesitate when asked for help. The curriculum is thought-provoking and keeps up with the fast-paced political arena.Brittany Walker
An Investment in Growth, Success
Professors use their courses to teach students to think critically and creatively. Small class sizes give students the confidence to explore their positions, to defend them, to make mistakes, and to try again. Professors expect a lot from their students, but they are always accessible, supportive, and willing to help. We should all be so lucky to have professors who are personally invested in their students’ growth and success. That investment, combined with rigorous academics and small class sizes, prepared me well for law school. I owe my success there to Hollins and its political science department.Lauren Smith, J.D., University of Michigan Law School
Choice of Law Schools
“Hollins exceeded my expectations,” says Patrice Lawrence. “I figured there would be a small community feel, but I don’t think I expected the care that I’ve gotten from the professors here. It has really been very helpful, and it’s been across the board.” Patrice was accepted into the New York School of Law as well as the New England School of Law.