Be the Change the Future Needs

Political Science Major

We live in a time of rapid change and upheaval, presenting us with challenges on important issues such as national security, rising inequality, the environment and the economy. At its core, politics is about people coming together to advance their common interests. Our goal in the Political Science Department at Salisbury University is to help you gain an understanding of politics, power and social justice so you can become a motivator of change for the future.

Why Choose Political Science at SU?

With our close proximity to both the state capital in Annapolis and the nation’s capital in Washington, D.C., SU is the prime location for students wishing to delve into politics.

Our location allows students to take advantage of two exciting internship programs: the Maryland General Assembly and the Washington D.C. internship programs. Our internship programs offer students hands-on opportunities to learn in many different settings, including:

  • Legislative offices
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Lobby firms
  • Interest groups
  • Political campaigns
  • Non-government organizations
  • Foreign embassies
  • Law practices

In addition, on-campus opportunities help students grow into their position as future leaders. The Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE), SU’s nonpartisan institute, helps our goal of cultivating students who become actively engaged in local, national and international life. PACE offers numerous events to students throughout the year, including high-profile public speakers, candidate debates and policy forums.

We also offer a broad curriculum to help prepare students for successful careers or postgraduate studies, including law school. Students may take courses in American politics, political theory, comparative politics and foreign policy, with several courses on the judiciary. In addition, students may choose to pursue a double major or minor in international studies.

The success of our program has led a number of our graduates to be elected to the Maryland State Legislature, including Delegate Talmadge Branch (D-45), Sen. Justin Ready (R-5) and Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio (R-37B).


At SU, students may complete the political science major in one of two tracks.


Innovative and inspiring, political science majors are motivators of change. Students who graduate our program can be found at the highest levels of government, in politics and law, and across the business world. With an education at SU, you’ll be in the running for positions such as:

  • Policy Analyst for the federal government or Advocacy group
  • Legislative Assistant for Congress or the State Legislature
  • Lobbyist
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Social Media Manager
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Campaign Consultant
  • Public Opinion Analyst
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Social Studies Teacher
  • City Manager
Meet Alyssa – Political Science Major

Meet Alyssa – Political Science Major

Hear how Alyssa discovered her passion for public administration at SU and was able to learn first-hand how public administration functions in local governments through an internship.

Faculty with Real-World Experience

SU employs innovative teaching by our faculty, including debates, simulations and dynamic discussions led by professors who are well versed in the political world.

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