Why study political science?

Tackle the big questions about your community, your country and the world.

Political science is the study of governance and power: who has it, who seeks it, how and why some are excluded from it.

Did you know?

The economic value of a political science degree is among the highest of all undergraduate majors. Political Science ranks 13th out of 83 majors in median lifetime earnings, and ranks 2nd in the social sciences in median annual salary.

Political Science at VCU

Our B.A. in Political Science is designed to provide a foundation in knowledge of politics and government, and to train students how to conduct research.

Learn more about VCU Political Science and careers opportunities for political scientists.  


May 15, 2024

Graduation Scenes

Images from some of VCU’s many events celebrating the spring class of 2024.

(Left to right) Ryan Jackson, Harleen Singh and Natasha Romero Moskala presented at the State Department at the 2024 Diplomacy Lab Fair on April 19 in Washington, D.C. (Contributed)

May 13, 2024

In State Department’s Diplomacy Lab, VCU students reach across the globe

A political science class is making a real-world impact on key U.S. policy areas, including supporting one country on its path to independence.

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (center) asked follow-up questions to VCU students (left to right) Jewel Sparks, Spencer Thomas, Michael Polson and Pranjal Goswami about their lobbying presentation. (Thomas Kojcsich, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

May 10, 2024

In new Lobbying course, VCU students state their case – in front of a political pro

Joan Wodiska’s undergraduate class addressed notable state issues, and the audience for their final presentations included former Gov. Robert F. McDonnell.

Political Science Spotlight