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.  


Feb. 16, 2024

Seven VCU undergraduate students earn federal Gilman scholarships to study abroad this year

The program expands diversity for international experiences, with VCU’s Global Education Office supporting students’ applications.

VCU’s recognition as a Top Producing Institution for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program demonstrates a campus culture that values international engagement. (File photo)

Feb. 13, 2024

VCU named national ‘Top-Producing Institution’ for Fulbright Scholars

University earns honor for the second time with record-tying 11 Fulbrights during the 2023-24 year.

Tarazha Jenkins, a triple major at VCU, has interned with Sen. Tim Kaine, Rep. Bobby Scott and the MSNBC show “All In With Chris Hayes.” (Tom Kojcsich, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

Dec. 13, 2023

Class of 2023: Tarazha Jenkins embraces the power of three majors

Jenkins nurtures a passion for politics and communications that already has given her Capitol Hill and media experience.

Political Science Spotlight