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, to ask questions in a complex way and distinguish 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. Learn More
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
Fernando Romero, 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 state politics, research methods, survey research methodology
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 Global Education website for more information.
Opportunities & Internships
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.
Major & Career Exploration
Graduate & Professional School
- Image associated with "A primary experience: Students go to New Hampshire for presidential campaign"January 31, 2020
Associate Professor Nina Kasniunas took her J-term class to New Hampshire so they could learn hands-on about the democratic process leading up to the primary election.
- Image associated with "Goucher College receives gold seal for excellence in student voter engagement"November 12, 2019
Goucher College was honored for its student voter engagement at the 2019 ALL IN Challenge Awards Ceremony, which recognizes colleges and universities committed to increasing college student voting rates.