Political science isn't just about politics. It's a social science that explores our society, the aspirations of people around the world, different types of leadership and authority, and complex global issues. We teach you how to imagine and shape the world in which you live and give you the skills you need to make lasting and constructive change. As a political science major at Queens, you will engage with dynamic professors, passionate about this field. In many cases, they will involve you in meaningful, real-time research on topics that interest you.
General Education Requirements
Perks of Being a Political Science Major
Our political science department is a tight-knit community of active citizens. The opportunities you can look forward to include:
- Community engagement on campus, in Charlotte and around the world.
- Study abroad options in more than 50 countries
- National and international simulations
- Research and public scholarship with professors, sometimes one-on-one
- Presenting your work at local, state and national level conferences
Every year, Queens students travel to Washington, D.C. in April to participate in the Model for the Organization of American States (OAS).
Internships/Interactive Classroom Experience
As a political science major, you will have the opportunity to intern in many different fields at the local, national and international level. Former students have worked with:
- Law firms
- Congressional offices
- Think tanks
- Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and local charities
- International organizations
- Various governmental, for profit and non-profit agencies overseas
- Multinational corporations
In addition, internships and semester-long study programs are possible through Queens' prestigious partnership with The Washington Center in DC.
When You Graduate
Our alumni are living and working around the world, in diverse and competitive fields. You can find Queens alumni:
- Working for the US Congress and the World Bank
- Working for the private sector in business and finance
- Practicing law or public administration
- Working for NGOs and advocacy groups on climate change, veterans issues, immigration and Latin America
- Serving in the U.S. Military, the Peace Corps and Americorps
- Teaching in public schools and universities
- Attending graduate schools such as American University, George Washington University, University of Chicago, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Texas A&M, London School of Economics, Trinity College Dublin and University of Belfast
Casey Hastings '01 recalls two influential mission trips which helped pave her way into career in D.C. politics and government affairs
Traditional Undergraduate Program, and the Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program. Prospective students should apply to the program whose curriculum and services best meets their needs.
- The Traditional Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the 18-22 year old student. Most traditional undergraduates live in residence halls and are enrolled full-time. A full range of student life activities and student services are available to students in this program, including the Core Program in the Liberal Arts, the John Belk International Program and the Honors Program.
- The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the adult learner. Most Hayworth undergraduates are employed full-time and enrolled part-time. The Hayworth School also admits those persons wishing to take undergraduate courses as a non-degree candidate. The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies realizes the demands that adult students face and assists with study plans, individual student advising and programs designed with flexibility to meet the specific needs of the adult learner. Classes meeting Hayworth degree requirements and several majors and minors are scheduled in the evenings for the convenience of students employed during the day.