Shaping the future of politics, policy and international relations

Who We Are


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


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




"I see politics as people trying to make the world better as they see fit. Everyone is trying to do what is right in their opinion, and not everyone can always agree, but when you can it's usually a universal truth, and that is a very powerful thing."

Frank V. Wengrod
BA '20, Political Science and Political Communication

Core Focus Areas