Why study Political Science at MC?

Would you enjoy working for a US political campaign? Do you want to learn more about global political issues and explore solutions to some of the world’s biggest social problems through participation in the international Hult Prize competition? Would you like to take US and international pre-law courses from faculty who regularly travel abroad and have worked as D.C.-based policy analysts, international election observers and documentary film makers?

The Political Science (PLS) major at Maryville College prepares you for careers in a host of government, diplomatic, non-government, media and legal fields. Working with professors with professional experience in Washington DC and over two dozen nations around the works, PLS major students learn about political processes, institutions and the theories guiding governments around the world. They also learn how social and economic factors in those nations impact the daily work of government.

Politics comes alive in our major, providing skill sets students use to become successful interns in a host of US and global organizations, law firms and businesses. Our PLS majors have received public administration, law and public policy graduate degrees from among the best schools in the nation. They work for legislators in Nashville, Washington DC, and for leaders in a number of corners of the world. Come, and be our next political leader. The journey starts here, at Maryville College.

Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.

Meet a current student

Photo of Maria VanegasMaria Vanegas ’20
Hometown: Kingston, Tenn.

Maria, a native Guatemalan, chose to study political science because she believes that in this divisive time, it is crucial for people to find commonalities and remember that “diversity makes us flourish.” After graduation, she plans to join a nonprofit organization and work for immigration and criminal justice reform. For the past two summers, Maria has been a technology intern for FWD.us, a bipartisan organization focused on immigration. Maria is the co-president of the Latino Student Alliance, an Isaac Anderson Scholar and
involved in the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and the Covenant Keepers Committee. “The political science major at Maryville College has allowed me to get a better understanding of the American political system and that has given me an understanding of my past and an idea for the future,” she said.

Outcomes of Recent Gradsclick or touch to open

Featured Graduate

Photo of Kalyn CarpenterKalyn Carpenter ’19
Currently: Pursuing a Master of Science in Gender,
Development, and Globalization at the London (UK) School of Economics and Political Science

Kalyn decided to enroll at the London School of Economics and Political Science because it consistently ranks among the top five universities in the world for studying international development. “My political science courses allowed me to critically examine issues and see how interconnected the issues are – something highlighted by the liberal arts curriculum and in the discussions that take place,” she said. “Also, I was able to gain invaluable experience working on a variety of political and social campaigns, and even earned the opportunity to work abroad in London as a parliamentary research intern in the House of Commons. My work at MC left me well-positioned to succeed in a variety of fields, and I credit my successes thus far to the challenges that were presented to me there.”

Brian BushBrian Bush ’13
Currently: Assistant District attorney for hamilton county, tn

Brian’s Senior Study was titled “Under One God, Yet
Separate: How the Jim Crow Laws Established the Parameters of Economic, Social, and Political Parity for African-Americans Today.” He credits the critical thinking and writing required for the project with preparing him for law school. Brian earned his J.D. from the University of Tennessee in May 2016. “Majoring in political science at Maryville College provided me with the tools I needed to go do great things after graduation,” he said. “Most importantly, the program challenged me to think critically about the world around me and how I could influence positive changes in it.”

Job Placements

Apple, Inc.
Chattanooga CARES
Covenant Health
Community Alternatives to Prison Program
Helen Ross McNabb Center
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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