Department of Political Science, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences seal. Professor Alexander Downes lectures in a large Intro to International Politics seminar.



Shaping the future of politics, policy and international relations


Who We Are

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The Department of Political Science at the George Washington University offers students a unique opportunity to not only study politics and policy but to witness it in action. Whether interning on Capitol Hill, observing Supreme Court arguments or meeting the nation's top journalists, students are immersed in all that Washington, D.C., has to offer. 

With academic programs and research structured around six core strengths, the department covers a comprehensive range of political behavior and governance in the United States and across the globe. Our faculty are nationally published experts and mentors from diverse fields. 

Through challenging courses and hands-on research, undergraduate and graduate students examine political problems from all angles and develop creative, policy-based solutions. 



Political Science by the Numbers

"40+ Full-Time Faculty" with a graphic of a person behind a podium in front of three people sitting in chairs.


"800+ Students in the Major" with a graphic of a political building.


"90+ Graduate Students" with a graphic of a lamp over a stack of books.


Jevin Hodge

Jevin Hodge

BA ’16

"As a political science student, studying in the nation’s capital is like a dream come true. The environment, the people, the location, the classes — it has helped me see politics and political theory through a different lens."

Core Focus Areas