Political Science

A political science degree from Rollins College can lead to a range of exciting careers, from law and banking to politics and nonprofits.
Ready for Tomorrow

Ready for Tomorrow

“Rollins’ political science program prepared me not just for graduate school and my career, but also for life as an engaged citizen. I apply the lessons I learned in the classroom daily in Washington, D.C., and am forever grateful for the education I received.” — David Bagby ’06, Legislative Director, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng

Why Study Political Science at Rollins

The political science major at Rollins prepares you for a lifetime of responsible leadership, giving you the tools to lead powerful change in our backyard and around the world. In small, discussion-based classes, you’ll learn about how the world really works from expert faculty who make your development their No. 1 priority. Along the way, you’ll develop in-demand problem-solving skills—from data analysis and critical thinking to deliberate decision-making and persuasive oral and written communication—that are just as important to pursuing a meaningful life as they are in forging a productive career. Then you’ll put your newfound knowledge to the test through study abroad experiences, immersive internships, and collaborative research projects, sharpening your skills through real-world experience. Whether you pursue a career in politics and government or business and law, you’ll be uniquely prepared to create lasting change.

Pursue a traditional political science major or immerse yourself in one of five concentrations:

  • Poverty, inequality, and development
  • Democracy and democratization
  • Law, society, and ideology
  • Political institutions and policy
  • Globalization

Emphasis on Communication Our program’s focus on persuasive writing, critical analysis, and dynamic public speaking prepares you for a high-impact career and helps you stand to employers in today’s ever-evolving economy.

Collaborative Research At Rollins, every student has the opportunity to conduct professional research alongside faculty as an undergrad. Recent student-faculty projects have studied demographic change, minority voting rights, and the effect of electoral laws on voter behavior.

Field Studies

Popular Courses

In addition to core studies in American government, international relations, comparative politics and political theory, you can explore topics ranging from sustainable development and climate change politics to Middle Eastern and Latin American politics.

  • POL 332 International Human Rights Examine the theories, politics, and laws that shape our understanding of human rights around the world. Along the way, you’ll engage with issues such as gender, culture, refugees, and modern slaves.

  • POL 302 The Politics of Global Poverty Explore political dynamics in developing areas such as Africa, Asia, and Latin America, paying special attention to policies that address extreme poverty.

  • POL 346 Voting and Elections Investigate electoral behavior in the U.S., including explanations for why people vote the way they do, contemporary trends, and how media and money affect election outcomes.

  • POL 353 Foreign Policy of the U.S. Assess the decision-making power of various stakeholders while asking whether U.S. foreign policy is reactive. Along the way, explore nuclear security, arms control, trade relations, foreign aid, new world order, and North-South issues.

  • POL 351 International Security Analyze how international security is changing global interactions and how the world can adjust accordingly, and examine causes of war and conditions that promote peace, all in the context of contemporary crises.

  • POL 382 Constitutional Law Examine major U.S. Supreme Court decisions in order to understand the judicial system’s role in our government. Topics range from judicial review and separation of powers to federalism and constitutional protection of property.

Major and Minor Requirements

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Contact Info

Department of Political Science
Cornell Hall for the Social Sciences
1000 Holt Ave. – 2762
Winter Park, FL 32789-4499
T. 407.646.2158
F. 407.646.2363
Department of Political Science website
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