The Department

The Department of Political Science and International Affairs at UMW is dedicated to excellence in both teaching and scholarship.

We offer:

  • Two majors: Political Science and International Affairs.
  • A minor in Security and Conflict Studies.
  • A wide range of courses with concentrations in all major areas of political science and international affairs.
  • A highly accomplished, established, and professional faculty that are always willing to help students.
  • A student body whose graduates have compiled an impressive record of professional achievement.
  • 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 one of the most vibrant at Mary Washington — or at any other institution of higher learning.