Political Science student in Washington, DC

Political Science (B.S.)

At the core of Endicott's Political Science program is the recognition that an increasingly interconnected world demands complex understanding, intercultural communication, and diplomacy as individuals, communities, and nations work together for common goals.

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At the core of Endicott's Political Science program is the recognition that an increasingly interconnected world demands complex understanding, intercultural communication, and diplomacy as individuals, communities, and nations work together for common goals. Through the major, students examine the theory and practice of political governance to analyze not only policies and initiatives but also the ideologies that underwrite them. Along with a firm grasp of classic and contemporary political theory, a practical understanding of the workings of local and federal governments, and an appreciation of the unique position of the United States in the world system, Political Science majors gain the knowledge and skills to make a positive, well-informed impact on their world.

Students engage in political activity through coursework, club activities, community projects, and through professional opportunities in government offices and agencies, NGOs, law, media, and consulting firms. Working closely with world-class faculty and experiencing politics in action gives Endicott's Political Science majors an incredible advantage, whether they pursue a career in public service, law or graduate school, business or any of a multitude of related aspirations.

Curriculum Requirements - Total Credits Required: 125-126


Freshman - Credits: 32-33

  • Foreign Language  (Cr: 6)
  • Quantitative Reasoning General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • Science and Technology General Education Requirement  (Cr: 3-4)
  • Electives   (Cr: 6)
ENG 101 - College Writing Seminar (Cr: 3)
Satisfies Writing Designated Requirement
INT 100 - Internship I (Cr: 2)
LST 100 - Seminar in Academic Inquiry (Cr: 3)
POL 100 - Introduction to Politics (Cr: 3)
POL 110 - World Politics (Cr: 3)

Sophomore - Credits: 32

  • Global Issues General Education Requirement  (Cr. 3)
  • Individual and Society General Education Requirement  (Cr: 3)
  • Literary Perspectives General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • Values and Ethical Reasoning General Education Requirement  (Cr: 3)
  • Political Science Elective  (Cr: 3)
INT 200 - Internship II (Cr: 2)
POL 213 - American Government and Politics (Cr: 3)
POL 240 - American Foreign Policy (Cr: 3)
POL 250 - Political Theory (Cr: 3)
PSY 240 - Research Methods (Cr: 3)
PSY 241 - Statistical Methods in the Social Sciences (Cr: 3)

Junior - Credits: 31

  • Aesthetic Awareness and Creative Expression General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • World Cultures General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • Political Science Elective  (Cr: 3)
  • General Education Electives   (Cr: 6)
  • Electives  (Cr: 6)
POL 315 - American Political Thought (Cr: 3)
POL 320 - Comparative Political Models (Cr: 3)
POL 343 - Constitutional Law (Cr: 3)
POL 379 - Semester Internship Strategies (Cr: 1)

Senior - Credits: 30

  • Elective  (Cr: 3)
  • General Education Electives  (Cr: 6)
    (must be above the 100 level)
  • Political Science Elective  (Cr: 3)
POL 480 - Semester Internship (Cr: 12)
POL 489 - Senior Thesis I (Cr: 3)
POL 490 - Senior Thesis II (Cr: 3)

Political Science Electives

Students choose three courses prefixed POL or from the following list; at least one of the three must have a POL designation:

CJ 205 - The American Court System (Cr: 3)
CJ 355 - Race and Justice (Cr: 3)
CJ 410 - Law and Society (Cr: 3)
ECN 201 - Macroeconomics (Cr: 3)
ECN 202 - Microeconomics (Cr: 3)
HMS 305 - Social Policy (Cr: 3)
HST 301 - Communism, Fascism and Democracy (Cr: 3)
HST 310 - Economies and Peoples (Cr: 3)
HST 317 - Civil Rights Movement (Cr: 3)
IST 215 - The New Europe (Cr: 3)
IST 216 - International Conflicts (Cr: 3)
IST 315 - Intercultural Communication (Cr: 3)


Law offices
District Attorney's offices
Offices of Senators and Representatives
Massachusetts State House
Washington Internship Institute
Human Rights Commission
Consulate of Mexico in Boston
American Anti-Slavery Group
Sustainable Development Commission
Irish Immigration Center


Financial Consulting
Political Commentary
Activism and Advocacy
Foreign Service
Urban Planning
Immigration Services
Labor Relations
Public Policy
Campaign Management

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate political awareness, literacy, and promote informed civic engagement among students and the Endicott community.
  2. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the theory, structure and practice of American and international politics.
  3. Examine, from a multidisciplinary perspective, the interaction between the political system and other social institutions and systems, such as economy, culture and history.
  4. Apply analytical and methodological skills necessary for critically assessing and conducting qualitative and quantitative emperical studies in the fields.
  5. Integrate theory and practice in a way that is relevant to the graduates academic and career interests through a senior thesis experience.
  6. Apply learning through fieldwork and internship experiences.
  7. Prepare for graduate study in a range of disciplines as well as professional positions in a variety of fields.
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Dr. Michael Kilburn
Dr. Michael Kilburn has a lifelong mission to increase awareness of and engagement with politics and international affairs. His research and associations take him throughout the world, where he forms valuable relationships and gains new perspectives in areas like democratization, human rights, and foreign policy. With passion and dedication, he continually creates new opportunities for students to collaborate with him, with each other, and with the international community. Whether he's organizing events to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall, co-teaching a course on the political dimensions of visual art, or interviewing local politicians and international leaders through the Endicott Center for Oral History he founded, Dr. Kilburn brings the complications, possibilities, and excitement of the political realm into the heart of the Endicott community.
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