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Roanoke, VA 24020
At Hollins, the political science major is a rich and dynamic course of study that prepares students for employment in fields such as law, journalism, international business, and public service. The major emphasizes the relationship between politics in theory and politics in action. You can practice what you learn in the classroom both on and off campus.
Political science has two areas of focus:
In addition students can, with the guidance of their departmental advisor, opt to develop a special interest such as the American judicial system, Latin American politics, or gender in politics.
In addition to giving you a broad background in political science, we help you develop as a thinker, researcher, and writer. For example, one recent graduate combined a Russian literature and political science major to write a thesis on the aftereffects of Perestroika. Another compared the application of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to African Americans and to women in gender-related cases. Yet another gathered data on black voting registration figures in every county in South Carolina. Now she applies this tenaciousness and imagination to her field of financial management.
Internships, an integral part of a Hollins University education, will give you entrees into careers. The faculty have extensive contacts in law, government, and nongovernmental organizations that connect Hollins students to internships each January, some of which include:
Study abroad can be invaluable to political science majors because it provides insights into the political systems of other countries. Hollins directs two international study programs of its own, one in Paris and one in London.