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What will I learn?

Political science is an ideal field of study if you are seeking to position yourself for leadership, civic engagement, and an exciting career in a complex, diverse, interdependent and rapidly globalizing society.

The political science major at Saint Michael's combines demanding and engaging intellectual coursework with numerous co-curricular programs in which faculty mentor students in academic internships, study abroad, collaborative research, student activism and campus leadership.

The political science major has three core learning goals:

Building a discipline-specific knowledge base in the four major political science areas of American government, international relations, comparative politics and political theory

Developing critical thinking, problem-solving, oral and written communication and research skills

Preparing students to participate in a democratic community and globally interconnected society through life-long civic engagement

Studying political science at Saint Michael's gives you the foundation to understand how traditional governments operate, but we do more than that; we look beyond the formal institutions of government. In this major, you will explore and examine political parties, interest groups, corporations, the media, other nations, and the allocation of values and goods. And because politics is an inherently moral enterprise, one involving the pursuit of justice, we are concerned not only with how societies are governed, but also with how they ought to be governed. You'll take classes such as International Relations, Western Political Thought, Comparative Politics, and American National Politics and expand your outlook about social phenomena through courses from other departments: Anthropology and Sociology, Economics, Geography, History, and Psychology.


After graduation, our majors go on to careers like:

Environmental Science Conservation


Community Outreach Coordinator

Trial Preparation Assistant

Clinical Operations Associate

Data Analyst

Border Patrol Agent

Marketing Coordinator

Case Worker for the Disabled

Majoring in political science provides excellent preparation in critical thinking, communication and writing skills, and basic quantitative and statistical analysis - valuable tools for landing a job in the current marketplace.

Our students have found success in careers in law, business, marketing, advertising, banking, finance, government and politics, journalism, the non-profit sector, and education. Many of our majors have gone on to pursue advanced degrees at leading graduate institutions too, in political science or related fields.

Which department am I in?

Saint Michael's College

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$46,175.00 per year
Start date

18 January 2021


Saint Michael's College

One Winooski Park,



05439, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Application must have completed a high school record and strength of college preparatory curriculum (including the senior year of high school). Applicants should have at least sixteen Carnegie Units of college preparatory course work in high school including some combination of the following (in order of importance). Four years of English; While courses like speech and other English electives are interesting, students are recommended to take those in addition to (not as replacements for) English courses with a strong emphasis on writing and the reading of literature. Two to three years of the same foreign language; A minimum of two are required, but it is highly recommended that applicants pursue as many years of language as possible. Three to four years of theoretical mathematics; Three to four years of science, including at least two lab sciences; Three to four years of history and social sciences.

For international students

Students must complete their high school from a recognized institution.

English Language Requirements:

IELTS - 6.5

TOEFL (IBT) - 79

Cambridge - C1

Duolingo - 110

Application Deadlines for Fall Semester: June 7; for Spring Semester: November 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.