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.



Join the Graduate Programs Virtual Open House: October 17–27

Registration is open for the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences 2023 Open House! The online event includes program-specific information sessions and opportunities to engage with current graduate students, faculty and our admissions team.

The Political Science Department is hosting an information session for prospective graduate students on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 12:00 p.m. EDT. 

Registration and Details

CCAS Virtual Open House

Political Science by the Numbers

"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."

Jevin Hodge
BA ’16

Jevin Hodge

Core Focus Areas