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What will I learn?

The combined major in political science and economics offers students the opportunity to integrate the study of politics and government with the study of economics. Students complete the core courses in political science along with core courses in economics that cover both macroeconomic and microeconomic perspectives. This combined major highlights the important role that the economy plays in shaping politics and government.

Political science teaches the art and science of politics in the United States and throughout the world. Study leadership with a former U.S presidential candidate. Spend seven weeks visiting the United Nations and other organizations in Geneva, Switzerland. Apply for the White House internship program or to the British Parliament. Develop aid programs in a Saharan village in Niger. Write opinion pieces for an outstanding student political journal. Compete to represent an Arab country as part of one of the top Model Arab League teams in the United States. Political science is a discipline and a subject of study that has worldwide applications and exciting and experiential job opportunities. Politics matter wherever there are groups of people trying to get things done.

Political science majors start their journey with core courses on American government, comparative politics, international relations, and research methods. After that, students choose from a wealth of courses on specific topics from international security to legal studies to public policy.

Political science co-ops include responsible positions in local, state, and federal government agencies; law firms; nonprofit institutions; and corporations. Many students complete either a co-op position or an internship with a congressional representative, a senator, a governor or other elected public officials, or at an international organization or nonprofit.

Political science students are among the most active on campus through extracurricular programs designed to expand their leadership ability, including the Political Science Student Association, International Relations Council, Pi Sigma Alpha honor society, Model United Nations, Model Arab League, Model NATO, student government, College Democrats and Republicans, and other student groups. Students also may qualify for the University Honors Program. With these experiences on their resumés, students are prepared to succeed in law school, graduate school, careers in government and the nonprofit sector, as well as in teaching, journalism, legislative or lobbying positions, public relations activities, and work in international corporations and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).

Which department am I in?

College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Study options

Full Time (128 semester hours)

Tuition fees
US$52,420.00 per year
USD $26,210 per term

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

11 January 2021


Northeastern University

360 Huntington Avenue,



02115, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students are required to complete secondary school graduation equivalent to US high school.

For international students

Whether you’ll graduate with an American high school diploma, the IB Diploma, or another internationally recognized school leaving qualification, you will be expected (prior to enrolling) to complete a secondary education program which enables you to apply to university in your own country (e.g. British A-Levels, French Baccalauréat, or German Abitur).

English Language Proficiency

Northeastern’s Admissions Committee will consider not only your overall composite score, but also your individual subsection scores, to confirm your proficiency across all four language skills, which are needed to be successful at Northeastern. Our most competitive applicants will frequently achieve composite scores between: 99 and 107 on the TOEFL iBT, 7.0 and 8.0 on the IELTS Academic, 120 and 130 on the Duolingo English Test, 68 to 74 on the PTE Academic, and 185 to 204 on the Cambridge English Scale. All applications are fully evaluated and considered for admission.

Application Deadline: Regular Decision - Jan/01.

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


About this uni

Students benefit from experiential learning and global opportunities where they embrace change, create innovative solutions and strive for excellence.

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  • Undergraduate, graduate, doctorate, and certificate programs
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