We are dedicated to excellence in both teaching and scholarship. We offer a wide range of courses offering concentrations in all major areas of political science and international affairs, a student body whose graduates have compiled an impressive record of professional achievement, and a location between two centers of political power — Washington, D.C. and Richmond, Virginia — that is ideal for politically-minded students to pursue internships, independent study projects, and professional opportunities. These factors help make the Department of Political Science and International Affairs one of the most vibrant at Mary Washington — or any other institution of higher learning.

Recent news and upcoming events:

Political Science and International Affairs majors should consider attending the UMW’s Career Day on March 20, 2014 from 3-6 PM at the Anderson Center. Over 30 employers are signed up to attend, and discuss internship and employment opportunities with students. For more information, please visit Academic and Career Services.

The Department of Political Science is pleased to announce that current political science major Patrick Sheehy (’14) will have his article “The Human Front of Cyber War,” published in the journal,  New Perspectives in Foreign Policy. The journal is published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Patrick was an intern at CSIS during the summer of 2013.

The Department of Political Science and International Affairs would like to  congratulate former Political Science and International Affairs alumna Stacey Peros for receiving an “Appreciation for Outstanding Service” medal from the NATO Headquarters in Sarajevo. Peros is currently interning for Bosnia Initiatives for Local Development (BILD).

The Department of Political Science and International affairs is pleased to announce that PSIA major Shirley Martey has won a 2013 Ambassador Summer Scholarship from the Taiwan-US Alliance for Chinese Language study at Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University (NCKU). The highly competitive TUSA program promotes peace in the world by establishing closer friendships and understanding between the people of the United States and the people of Taiwan through cultural exchange, educational partnerships and increased economic cooperation. Shirley is the first UMW student to awarded the prestigious scholarship.

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, offered a public lecture “Social and Economic Problems Facing China’s Fifth Generation of Leaders” at Creighton University in Omaha on September 9.  The university’s Asian World Center invited Dr. Larus, a Creighton graduate, to offer the lecture to kick off this year’s Asian Culture Week.

2012-2013 Fitschen Award winner for International Affairs, William Kyle, and 2012-2013 Fitschen Award winner for Political Science, Ryan Hayes with Professor John Kramer at the 2012 Phi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honors’ Society induction ceremony:









2013-2014 Pi Sigma Alpha Vice President Molly Bernhard, and 2013-2014 Pi Sigma Alpha President Shirley Naa-Kowaa Martey:


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For additional announcements about lectures and internship opportunities for the 2012-2013 academic year, please click on the “Announcements” link on the left.