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For Prospective Students

Why We're Different

Our distinguished scholars prioritize undergraduate teaching

Classes are infused with lively discussion and opportunities to improve communication skills

We participate in the W&M Washington Center

We teach analytical tools to understand government and the political process

Our Government students apply analytical tools to understand the workings of government, political processes, political behavior, relationships among nations, and the moral and ethical implications of political action.

Degree Programs

We teach small classes based in the four broad subfields of political science: American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Politics, and Political Theory. See the Undergraduate Catalog to explore the complete list of Government courses.


Our faculty conduct research with dozens of undergraduate students each year. These collaborative projects lead to publications and presentations at professional conferences. 

Student Activities

At W&M there are dozens of special-interest clubs inspired by politics. Our department directly sponsors Pi Sigma Alpha (the National Political Science Honor Society), the International Relations Club, and the Project on International Peace and Security.


We're committed to the long-term professional development of students. We help students find internships, scholarships, study abroad options, and graduate programs. Our alumni hold leadership positions in government, the corporate world, nonprofit organizations, the legal profession, and education. 

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