Political Science

Political Science examines the institutions that govern our societies and the policy decisions that affect every part of our lives. At RWU, you’ll sharpen your thinking, writing and debate skills in classes such as American politics, international relations, comparative politics, political theory and public administration. Combined with real-world internship experience -- locally and in Washington, D.C. -- you’ll be prepared for a career in law, business, public policy or education.

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To read more about our academic offerings, or to view full course descriptions, please refer to our University Catalog.

Associate Professor of Political Science Annika Hagley stands in her office under a Captain America stained-glass shield.Enroll in Engaging Courses 

In her "Great Powers and Great Responsibilities" course, Associate Professor of Political Science Annika Hagley uses the superhero genre to dive into conversations about politics, culture, and society. Students analyze both DC Comics and Marvel Comics superheroes, from Superman and Captain America to Wonder Woman and Black Panther, looking at their backstories, their evolution over the decades, and how they relate to politics and current affairs. 

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Get a Great Internship 

Our strong industry connections lead our Political Science students to intern in a variety of places including law firms, corporations, and nonprofit organizations, for state and local governments in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, and at various sites in Washington, D.C. 

Take Part in Research  

Our students take part in hands-on research projects, including: 

  • Plastic Bag Ban in Barrington, Rhode Island 
  • Collaborative R.I. projects including Regional Competitiveness, Municipal Bankruptcy
  • Bristol and Warren Community Needs Assessment
  • Gender and Gubernatorial Appointments
  • Presidential Election Exit Polling
  • Model United Nations
  • Model Arab League

Undergraduate Opportunities Propel Alumni Success 

Political Science graduates work for prestigious companies, organizations, and government entities including: 

  • Accenture
  • City of Providence
  • City of Central Falls
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • US House and Senate (staff)
  • US Marine Corps
  • DigitalGlobe Satellite Imagery
  • NASCAR Corporate
  • Northeastern University
  • Powell Tate Consulting

Further Your Studies 

Graduates who chose to continue their education after Roger have attended: 

  • American University
  • George Washington University
  • New York University
  • London School of Economics
  • Duke University School of Law
  • University of Virginia School of Law
  • University of Michigan School of Law
  • Roger Williams University School of Law
  • American University School of Law