Building upon the foundational teachings of the great political philosophers, our bachelor's degree in political science provides students with essential knowledge of institutions and regimes, legislation and constitutional law, and the origins of war and peace.
Explore Questions of Justice and the Good Life
Our program covers the full range of the discipline’s subfields of American politics, comparative politics, international relations and political theory. Students have ample opportunities for exploration and discovery through a range of internships statewide as well as our proximity to Newport’s Naval War College and the University’s Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, where a variety of speakers and presentations consider the domestic and international issues dominating world events.
Small classes, led by a highly qualified faculty, enable students to work closely with each other and with their professors. Our challenging curriculum is designed to foster analytical skills and encourage discourse as students learn to gather relevant information, develop logical arguments and approach problem-solving with informed perspective.
Majors may choose a concentration in either American government or international relations and comparative politics. Through our popular accelerated program, qualified undergraduates can earn their bachelor's degree in political science and a master’s degree in international relations within five years.
Program Spotlight: Interdisciplinary Rigor
I was able to take courses ranging from classical political philosophy to international relations and courses on Middle Eastern studies, which was my main interest and focus throughout the program.
I’ve been able to construct arguments that otherwise I never really thought I could. I’ve become more confident as a speaker and more of an independent thinker. This is a very supportive community, and you are able to collaborate with your peers. You will feel very welcomed here.
Daniel Regan ’17
Our highly qualified and approachable faculty have expertise in American government, comparative politics, international relations and political philosophy. With an emphasis on personal attention, we guide our students through their individual courses of study in order to foster professional growth and a deeper understanding of our rigorous curriculum.
Life After Salve
With extensive training in research, analysis, writing and public speaking, our students are well prepared for both graduate programs and professional careers. Our graduates find success as leaders in a wide range of fields, including:
- Business, lobbying and consulting: Management, public relations, human resources, sales and advertising, business and labor groups, as well as a growing variety of public interest groups.
- Electoral politics: Campaign managers, legislative staff, elected officials, political action committees, special interest groups and political parties.
- Education and research: Public and private schools, colleges and universities, research organizations and think tanks focused on foreign affairs, American politics, public policy, the environment, the economy and various social problems.
- Government and civil service: Legislative, executive and judicial branches and a wide variety of government agencies at the federal, state and local levels.
- Intelligence analysis, homeland security and armed forces: Analysis, law enforcement, homeland security and national defense.
- International organizations: Voluntary agencies, non-governmental organizations and international businesses, governmental agencies and other organizations.
- Journalism: Print, broadcast and online journalism.
- Law: Private practice, corporate law, special interest groups and nonprofit organizations, federal, state and local government.
- Nonprofit organizations: Foundations and organizations that promote the public interest in public health, education, the environment, labor, urban issues and civil rights.
Our most recent alumni have acquired positions in organizations such as:
- Boston Medical Center
- Bowdoin Group
- Cambridge Advisory Group
- Ignition Factory, OMD Worldwide
- National Work Queue at U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
- Northeastern University Law Journal
- Office of the Colorado State Public Defender
- Portsmouth Institute for Faith and Culture
- R.I. Office of the Attorney General
- Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- U.S. Marine Corps
- U.S. State Department
- World Affairs Forum