Our program prepares you to understand, analyze, and participate in governments, policy, and politics in the U.S. and around the world. Graduates have careers in governmental, non-profit, and business organizations and attend prestigious graduate and professional schools. 

500+ students study with us
12 CREDITS FOR internships including HOKIES ON THE HILL
What Is a Degree in Political Science?

We study how governments and political systems interact to distribute wealth and power across a global society. The theoretical and historical foundations, cultural characteristics, and economic dimensions of both domestic and international politics are considered. The courses provide strong preparation for careers in government, business, law, politics, or education.

Why Study Political Science Here?

Our strong network with the local, state, and federal governments will provide you with the opportunity to put your knowledge to work. Our advisors help with course selection, degree requirements, internships, career planning, and applications for graduate and law school. We offer options in legal studies and national security studies. 

Beyond the Classroom

Internships in Political Science

Our students often get internships with the U.S. Congress, state legislatures, political campaigns, international organizations, and national, state, or local administrative agencies. We also offers programs like the Washington Semester and Hokies on the Hill to help you prepare for a career in public service.


Undergraduate Research

Our faculty members are productive authors, legal scholars, and award-winning teachers who are always eager to mentor students on research projects in their field of interest. If you have an undergraduate research project in mind that you'd like to pursue, just ask.

Undergraduate Research

Pre-Law Advising

Law School Preparation

Join the pre-law advising program to gain a wealth of information from our faculty and staff. They will guide you through decisions, academic preparation, and the application process. We also offera legal studies option you can add to your degree.


Preparing Military Leaders

We work with many students in the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and ROTC, as well as veterans and students waiting to begin an armed forces training program. Our Political Science major also has an option in national security for training to advance your career in public service and the military.

Military Leadership
What Our Students Are Saying

"I learned so much during my internship. I learned how to be a professional, how to work with many different personalities, and what direction I wanted to move in professionally. My love for public service grew through this experience."

- Brittany Brown, '10, interned for U.S. Senator Jim Webb

"I made the decision to work in public service during my junior year at Virginia Tech. I knew it would be an incredible opportunity to give back to my community in a meaningful and direct way."

- Colin MacDermott '12

Careers and Further Study