Explore how governments and institutions shape public life.
Ph.D., Political Science
American Politics; Comparative Politics; International Relations; Political Theory
Students of political science develop skills in critical thinking, communication, research and data analysis that prepare them for a wide variety of careers and leadership roles. Department alumni work in government, nonprofit organizations, law, business, consulting, journalism, education and more.
UW political science alumni job titles include:
- State Supreme Court judge
- Federal prosecutor
- Legislative analyst
- Campaign manager
- Elected official
- Political researcher
- Data scientist
- Government relations manager
- Advocacy director
- Tribal climate liaison
Experience what you study.
UW political science majors have many internship opportunities, with placements available in congressional offices; political campaigns; local, state and federal government; corporations; nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations; and more. We have a longstanding relationship with the Washington State Legislative Internship Program and the Washington Center Internship Program in Washington, D.C. You can earn academic credit for your internship by connecting your experience to your coursework.
Find Yourself in Political Science
Evaluate systems of power and governance. Pursue academic inquiry that promotes participation in the political process.
Department of Political Science Stories
Identity Unboxed, a podcast created by alums Tiana Cole and Brad Blackburn III, explores the experiences of Black professionals in the Seattle area.
Lokela Alexander Minami (BA, 2010; MA, 2012) turned a lifelong passion for opera into a career that introduces others to the art form.
Political Science professor James Long studies why many voters choose to participate in elections in emerging democracies despite the considerable personal cost.