Political Science Department

Political Science

Major, Minor


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Shape the Nation. Engage the World.

Discover what makes U.S. politics tick, and explore world politics in places like China, Equador and the Galapagos Islands as a Political Science major or minor. You’ll learn to solve problems through focused, long-term study of topics relevant to today’s political climate in the U.S. and abroad. You’ll also learn to develop and articulate strong personal values as you seek to make a positive contribution.

Specific tracks include American Politics/Public Policy and Administration, International Relations, Comparative Politics and Political Theory/Political Analysis.

Active engagement in a diverse range of experiences at all levels of politics — local, state, national and international — require Political Science majors to work collaboratively and think critically and creatively to find solutions to real-world problems.

You’ll gain essential knowledge and skills for political or public service careers or continued studies. Guilford Political Science graduates are activists, congressional staffers, community organizers, Peace Corps volunteers, attorneys, journalists, pollsters, teachers, lobbyists, artists, intelligence officers, diplomats and mediators.

Major/minor requirements and course descriptions are available in the online version of the Guilford College Catalog. Use the keyboard shortcuts Control F for PC or Command F for Mac to search the document for your program.

Hands-on Learning

Guilford Political Science students have performed prominent politics-related internships at the following:

  • Greenpeace Office in San Francisco
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Mayor’s Office, London
  • AFL-CIO Union Summer
  • Izar Capital, Washington, D.C.