Undergraduate Student Resources & Opportunities

From studying international politics abroad to taking advantage of life-changing internships in Washington, D.C., undergraduates have many opportunities to enrich their political science studies. The Department of Political Science and the broader university also offer academic, writing and funding resources along the way to make the student experience as productive, supportive and enjoyable as possible.




How to Declare a Major or Minor

  1. Meet with an advisor during Undergraduate Advising hours.

  2. Fill out a Declaration of Major/Minor Form (will be provided at office hours).

  3. Submit the signed declaration form to the Undergraduate Advising Office.



Gaby Desir

Gaby Desir
BA ‘16

"At GW, one semester I had a class on the American presidency, and the next semester I saw what it’s like to work for the president [as an] intern at the White House. It was the opportunity of a lifetime."


Study Abroad


For many Political Science Department students, their fondest undergraduate memories stem from their time spent studying in another country. Many political science students take courses abroad and transfer the credits to GW.

Unless the course has been pre-approved by the Political Science Department, students must submit classes taken abroad for approval. To do so, follow the instructions on the Office for Study Abroad website.

aerial view of the Eiffel Tower




"I took Arabic and International Relations courses, but it never really clicked until I was speaking with local Jordanians who lived through the historical events I was studying in class. Studying abroad places you outside your comfort zone and challenges you in new ways."

Nada Mohamed-Aly

BA ‘18

Transfer Credit

Students wishing to transfer credit for a course taken at another university must download the Transfer Credit Approval Form and bring a printed copy to Professor Susan Wiley. If the course credit is approved, Susan Wiley will submit the form to the Office of the Registrar for processing. 

If the course taken for transfer is similar enough to a current GW Political Science Department course, the credits will transfer to that corresponding GW course number. If GW does not offer the same course, the course transfers as PSC 1099 or PSC 2099, which counts as an upper-level elective credit towards the major. Nothing ever transfers as PSC 3192W.

Learn more about accepted transfer grades and credit limits on the Office of the Registrar website.


Academic Honors

To be considered for graduation with special honors and earn the designation of Honors on their transcript, students must: 

  • Meet GW’s general special honors requirements.

  • Hold a minimum GPA of 3.7 within the major (calculated using 2000, 3000 and 4000 level classes, with no substitution classes and no transfer classes)

The Department of Political Science hosts one of the largest nationwide chapters of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society. Members participate in scholarship and grant opportunities, networking events and professional conferences. Pi Sigma Alpha also puts out a peer-reviewed journal to which undergraduate students are welcome to apply.

To apply for membership, students must have completed 60 credit hours, hold a minimum GPA of 3.5 in upper-level political science classes (3.40 overall); and have completed at least five such classes at GW. Contact Professor Susan Wiley to apply.


GW Resources 

Departmental Walk-In Advising Hours
Stop by during open hours to speak to a member of the Political Science Department faculty about your courses, workload, internship questions and more.

Academic Commons
Book peer tutoring or review sessions, research and writing help, step-by-step study strategies, language support and more.

GW Libraries
Explore on-campus libraries, electronic periodicals and online research databases.

Language Center
Sign up for English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses, practice with language meet-up groups, take a language exam or talk to someone about waiving language requirements.

CCAS Undergraduate Advising
Get assistance from your Columbian College academic advisor to navigate declaring a major or minor and other academic support.

Writing Center
Make a free appointment to work with a writing consultant on your next project, from the brainstorming phase through drafting and revising.

Center for Career Services
Take advantage of career and job search coaching, self-assessment services, résumé development, networking and more. (Services offered to students and alumni.)

Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research
Search and apply for undergraduate fellowships and research awards.

Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Apply for a fellowship to support a research project carried out over several weeks or across multiple semesters.

Sigelman Undergraduate Research Enhancement (SURE) Awards
Apply for a $500 grant to fund research project supplies, conference travel, off-site archival visits, videography and more.

Student Accounts Office
View current tuition and aid information. Applicants who request financial aid will be considered for all forms of aid available based on criteria including undergraduate GPA, courses taken, recommendations, extracurricular activities and GRE scores.

Student Financial Assistance
Look for scholarships, Federal Work-Study positions, military benefits and other funding assistance.

Student Research Commons
Find paid research jobs, fellowships, seminars and other events available in the GW community.

Undergraduate Research Award
Apply for this $5,000 research award, open to first-years, sophomores and juniors.