Political Science



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Increasingly, politics affects our daily lives. Our global world is becoming ever more interdependent and the issues that impact domestic and international affairs are complex. The study of political science helps students understand the complicated issues involved — both historically and today — and prepares them for graduate work and careers in politics and related fields.

What is distinctive about studying political science at Sweet Briar?

  • Sweet Briar women learn to think deeply and broadly about the impact of policies on people, markets and institutions.
  • We offer a wide range of courses, covering American politics, law, comparative political systems, foreign policy, international relations and political theory.
  • By combining academic rigor and real-world relevance, our graduates are prepared to create positive social change.
  • The program awards credit for off-campus internships in law, politics and public service.
  • Many students spend a summer, semester or year abroad because immersion in another culture is a great way to gain international perspective.

What can you do with a degree in political science?

The program prepares graduates for a broad array of careers, including legislative work at all levels of government, teaching, law, nonprofit management, business and public service.