Political Science
Offered by the Political Science department.

Civic-minded. Socially aware. Action-oriented. That’s how you might describe our political science majors. With aspirations to work in local, state, or federal government, in foreign service, or for a social impact organization, students in the political science program learn how to read carefully, think critically, communicate clearly, and develop sound arguments. Political science majors choose from a wide variety of classes covering everything from violence and revolution to pop culture and politics. Wheaton students learn by doing through community engagement, internships, field trips, and studying in political centers in the U.S. and abroad.



99% of Political Science majors from the past five years have found employment, attended graduate school or achieved a fellowship or service opportunity within six months of graduation *

*outcomes data is based on a knowledge rate of 72% for the classes of 2014-2018

of Political Science majors

Recent Graduates

Sample First Jobs

  • Director of Outreach, New York City Council
  • Domestic Violence Advocate, Capital Law School
  • Field Organizer, New York State Democratic Party
  • Finance Director for Governor Janet Mills
  • Junior Paralegal, Pabian Law, LLC

Sample Graduate Schools

  • Boston College
  • Brown University
  • London School of Economics
  • Northeastern School of Law
  • Rutgers University

Wheaton Political Science majors are eligible for accelerated admission to the Masters in Public Administration at Bridgewater State University or Masters in Public Policy program at Simmons University.

Recent student internships

The Wheaton Edge offers experiences beyond the classroom.

Syeda Sharmeen Inaam

2020, Political Science and International Relations

Merit Scholarship

Edition Magazine, Karachi, Pakistan

I was a Political Science and International Relations double major with no clear idea of the future. I came away from this internship knowing that Journalism was a great option for me.

Tarwyn Washington

2021, Political Science

Smiley Family Endowed Career Exploration Fund

Faculty-led Trip: "Tanzania: Education and Development", Arusha, Tanzania

I learned a lot about cultural values and hospitality.

Samuel Stone

2022, International Relations, Political Science

Merit Scholarship

Wheaton College Political Science Department, Professor Bradford Bishop, Warwick, MA

I can confidently say that this research has made my professional road forward clearer, while giving me valuable tools that will be applicable in many different fields and classes down the line.

Samuel Murray

2020, History, Political Science

Caroline C. Edwards '70 Current Use Internship Fund

A Climate to Thrive, Bar Harbor, ME

I learned how to more effectively convey my environmental activism through constructive channels of policy research, event planning and media outreach.

Genesis Maldonado

2020, Political Science

Wheaton Edge Fellowship

Sayegh & Sayegh P.C., Westchester, NY

As a future lawyer, this internship gave me an opportunity to see how justice is served within my own community. It exposed me to the importance of the law as well as to the court system, legal documents and general ideologies that I will encounter in law school.

Elizabeth Helmreich

2020, Political Science, Women's and Gender Studies

Cee Green '82 Fellowship for Experiential Learning

Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, Portland, ME

My internship with Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund engaged my passion for both grassroots political movements and reproductive rights. It especially taught me to channel these passions toward real political change.


Bradford Bishop

Associate Professor of Political Science; Chair of Political Science

Darlene L. Boroviak

Professor of Political Science, Emerita

Jonathan T. Chow

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Nick Dorzweiler

Professor of the Practice of Political Science and Women's and Gender Studies

Gerard Huiskamp

Professor of Political Science

Alireza Shomali

Professor of Political Science, Jane E. Ruby Chair in Humanities and Social Sciences

Aubrey Westfall

Associate Professor of Political Science

Jeanne Wilson

Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of Russian Studies, Emerita

Miranda Yaver

Assistant Professor of Political Science