Since its founding, the GW Department of Political Science has risen to national prominence and is consistently listed among the top political science programs in the country. The department has been ranked seventh in the country by USA Today and eighth by Foreign Policy magazine. One of Columbian College’s largest academic units, it boasts more than 40 full-time faculty as well as 600 undergraduate students and 90 graduate students. 

Our nationally renowned faculty are Fulbright scholars, Carnegie fellows and members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Our alumni include college presidents, members of Congress, judges and leaders in law, business and academia. And our students are active participants in Washington, D.C.'s many internship and research opportunities.

The Department of Political Science has grown in stature and size, but our mission remains true to our roots: to promote the creation, dissemination and application of knowledge about political behavior and governance; to support excellent research and scholarship; and to prepare students with the knowledge and analytical tools they need for productive careers in teaching, research and public life.


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