ChooseWhy Choose This Program?
Why Study Political Science at Goucher?
Interested in a little nation-building? Whether it's going on in Washington, DC, or Wellington, New Zealand, Goucher's Political Science program provides a rich and diverse understanding of the character of politics and public policy in communities ranging from cities to international systems. Courses explore theoretical and practical aspects of politics and the processes by which policies, rules, and political cultures are established—and contested.
LearnWhat Will You Learn?
What Will You Learn?
The political science major places emphasis on the relation between politics in theory and politics in action. It equips students with the skills necessary to conduct independent research on important political questions and to participate in public problem solving. Students will learn to raise critical questions regarding power, political institutions, and political actors, asking questions in a complex way and distinguishing between tested and untested opinion, and to have a firm understanding of the political systems in which they are found. Other program goals include having students become engaged citizens globally, nationally, and locally.
DoWhat Will You Do?
What Will You Do?
Within the context of a liberal arts college, the program gives special attention to preparing students for careers in government, politics, public interest organizations, law, and journalism, as well as providing training useful for those wishing to pursue graduate or professional degrees. Certification for teaching social studies in the secondary schools may be based on a major in political science or international relations. Political science at Goucher seeks to sensitize students to the role of the active citizen who is responsibly assertive in the community.
Major & Minor Program Contacts
Political Science major and minor: Nina Kasniunas
Full-Time & Half-Time Faculty
Julie Chernov Hwang, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations: political Islam, Islamist political parties, radical Islamism, social movements, terrorism and disengagement from terrorism, countering violent extremism, conflict and security, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Turkey
Romero Fernando, Visiting Assistant Professor: International relations and political economy, modern and contemporary political theory
Amalia Fried Honick, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations: Middle East, international organizations, U.S. foreign policy
Nina Kasniunas, Associate Professor of Political Science and Arsht Professor in Ethics and Leadership: American politics
Mileah Kromer, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center: American politics, survey research methodology, public opinion, and state government
Eric Singer, Professor of Political Science and International Relations: International relations theory, African politics
By studying abroad, choosing three-week intensive courses led by Goucher faculty or semester programs suited to their academic plans, Goucher political science students gain a global perspective that enhances their course of study.
Visit the Office of International Studies website for more information.
Opportunities & Internships
Internships are a very important facet of the curriculum at Goucher College. As such, the political science faculty members consider well-structured internships to be essential to a student's education. The department sponsors both full- and part-time internships in a variety of organizations and government agencies. Most internships are in the Baltimore-Washington area. The variety of internships that have been completed under the supervision of this department is evidence of the flexible and creative applicability of degrees in political science. Students find internship opportunities through the Career Development Office, through faculty and staff members, or on their own.
A detailed description of the off-campus experience is published by the Career Development Office each year and fully describes the guidelines and timetable for internships. Students interested in arranging an internship in political science should contact their individual academic advisers.
Hughes Field Politics Center
Funded by an endowment made by the late Judge Sarah T. Hughes '17, the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center was originally founded in the early 1950s under a grant from the Maurice and Laura Falk Foundation. The center, directed by Mileah Kromer, Ph.D., associate professor in the Political Science and International Relations Department, sponsors a variety of activities designed to facilitate student involvement in governmental and political affairs.
The Hughes Center conducts the Goucher Poll, which surveys citizens across Maryland on the most important political, social, and economic issues of the day.
The center also sponsors a variety of programming to engage students in politics and public discourse.
Student Work Opportunities
To find on-campus employment especially suitable for political science students, please visit the Career Development Office.