Why Political Science?
You might ask the same question about getting a Political Science degree: What can I do now? Students major in Political Science for many reasons. Some go on to work in government, law enforcement, journalism, teaching, others use training in management to work in non-governmental and non-profit organizations in the public or private sectors. Graduates manage campaigns, run for office, or manage an office. Some go on to professional schools: law, public administration, public policy or business. Others pursue masters or doctorates in political science. In other words, Politics is an interesting and dynamic field of study that opens up many doors and prepares students for viable careers both in and out of politics and government. You learn skills that apply in many settings. Learn about representation, public policy and legislating in the classroom and then work in an office of a state or national legislator as an intern. Spend a semester in a semester long election simulation and then work in a campaign. We offer classes, internships, a semester in Washington, independent projects of your design, Moot Court, Model United Nations and many more ways for you to think and engage in society. You pursue your interests!
Spotlight on Political Science
Political Science major (President of SGA)
"Switching my major to political science was the best decision I have made at Framingham State University. The professors, students, and courses have created a learning environment like no other on campus. The department faculty are passionate about what they teach and ensure their students get the best from their education. Students, like myself, can work closely with faculty on subjects and projects that they are passionate about doing. I was able to work one-on-one with Dr. Smailes on a semester-long research project about local government. Learning does not stop in the classroom for political science students. Learning about the importance of advocacy and policy, I turned to FSU’s Student Government Association as a platform to use the skills and knowledge that I gained in the classroom. I am currently serving as Student Government Association President to advocate for the student body and their concerns."
Political Science major
"A regular misconception of mine was that politics was a tangled web before I joined the Political Science Department. I enjoy spending time discussing the political issues of the day and hearing the responses of the class. The faculty, Dr. McCarthy-Latimer, Dr. Smailes, and Dr. Coelho are extremely helpful and involved with their students. I am excited about going abroad next semester and talking with it about my advisor made the procedure less scarey. The courses I have taken in political science have challenged me as a student. I was never afraid to express my opinion in class on many political and social issues. I know that I am growing as a person in political science and my attitude toward the changing world."
Political Science major
"When I arrived at FSU, I was very passionate about politics, but I wasn't sure if it was the right path for me. After discussing my interest in the subject with Dr. McCarthy-Latimer, I decided that it was the right major for me. Since then, my passion for the subject has grown tenfold. In Fall 2018, I was fortunate enough to represent FSU at the National Moot Court Tournament. Moot Court was a great preparation for law school and an invaluable experience that I will not forget. Joining the Department of Political Science has proven to be one of the best academic decisions I've made, and has allowed me to pursue my dreams in a career in law.”