ChooseWhy Choose This Program?

Why Study Political Science at Goucher?

Interested in a little nation-building? Whether it's going on in Washington, DC, or Wellington, New Zealand, Goucher's Political Science Program provides a rich and diverse understanding of the character of politics and public policy in communities ranging from cities to international systems. Courses explore theoretical and practical aspects of politics and the processes by which policies, rules, and political cultures are established—and contested.

LearnWhat Will You Learn?

What Will You Learn?

The political science major places emphasis on the relation between politics in theory and politics in action. It equips students with the skills necessary to conduct independent research on important political questions and to participate in public problem-solving. Students will learn to raise critical questions regarding power, political institutions, and political actors, to ask questions in a complex way and distinguish between tested and untested opinion, and to have a firm understanding of the political systems in which they are found. Other program goals include having students become engaged citizens globally, nationally, and locally.  Learn More

DoWhat Will You Do?

What Will You Do?

Within the context of a liberal arts college, the program gives special attention to preparing students for careers in government, politics, public interest organizations, law, and journalism, as well as providing training useful for those wishing to pursue graduate or professional degrees. Certification for teaching social studies in the secondary schools may be based on a major in political science or international relations. Political science at Goucher seeks to sensitize students to the role of the active citizen who is responsibly assertive in the community.


Major & Minor Program Contact
Nina Kasniunas, Department Chair, Associate Professor of Political Science: American politics

Full-Time & Half-Time Faculty
Julie Chernov Hwang, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations: political Islam, Islamist political parties, radical Islamism, social movements, terrorism and disengagement from terrorism, countering violent extremism, conflict and security, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Turkey

Bill Harder, Assistant Professor of Political Science: American politics, research methods, social media politics

Amalia Fried Honick, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations: Middle East, international organizations, U.S. foreign policy

Nina Kasniunas, Associate Professor of Political Science: American politics

Mileah Kromer, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Sarah T. Hughes Center for Politics: American state politics, research methods, survey research methodology

Eric Singer, Professor of Political Science and International Relations: International relations theory, African politics

Study Abroad

By studying abroad, choosing three-week intensive courses led by Goucher faculty or semester programs suited to their academic plans, Goucher political science students gain a global perspective that enhances their course of study.

Visit the Office of Global Education website for more information.

Office of Global Education

Opportunities & Internships

Special Programs

Hughes Field Politics Center

Funded by an endowment made by the late Judge Sarah T. Hughes '17, the Sarah T. Hughes Center for Politics was originally founded in the early 1950s under a grant from the Maurice and Laura Falk Foundation. The center, directed by Mileah Kromer, Ph.D., associate professor in the Political Science and International Relations Department, sponsors a variety of activities designed to facilitate student involvement in governmental and political affairs.

The Hughes Center conducts the Goucher Poll, which surveys citizens across Maryland on the most important political, social, and economic issues of the day.

The center also sponsors a variety of programming to engage students in politics and public discourse.


Internships help students explore possibilities, apply classroom learning, and gain experience. Explore internships and credit options.

Student Employment

Student employment connects students to both on and off-campus opportunities. The Career Education Office provides resources and support to students with or without Federal Work Study to find jobs, submit applications, and learn more about the job search process. Students have access to Handshake — a website for job postings, events, resumes/cover letters, and career management.

Major & Career Exploration

Exploring career options, choosing a major, and making career decisions is a multi-step process in which all students are encouraged to engage early and often. Goucher students have a variety of resources available through the Majors and Career page to assist them in this process.

Job Search

A Goucher education prepares students for today’s job market and beyond. Students can explore job opportunities and access job search resources through the CEO Job Search page.

Graduate & Professional School

Students access resources for searching and applying to graduate and professional school through the CEO Graduate and Professional School page, through faculty and staff members, or utilizing their own resources, network and tools.

Johns Hopkins Carey Business School 4+1 BA/MS Program

Goucher College and Johns Hopkins Carey Business School are offering Goucher students a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree program. This 4+1 program combines a bachelor’s degree from Goucher with a master of science degree from Johns Hopkins in business analytics and risk management, information systems, health care management, finance, or marketing. Students can apply during their junior year. GRE or GMAT tests have been waived but applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better and have passed some quantitative reasoning courses with a grade of B or better.