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.  


Since 2006, more than 90 VCU students and alumni have received Fulbright awards, including five this year. (File photo)

May 20, 2024

Five recent VCU graduates receive Fulbright awards for the 2024-25 academic year

In earning one the country’s top academic honors, they push VCU’s total to near 100 since establishment of its National Scholarship Office.

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.

Political Science Spotlight