Social Sciences

Political Science

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Study the systems of government that shape people’s lives.

Debate the uses—and misuses—of power. Gain an understanding of how government policies are made and implemented. As a political science major, become fluent in political issues and movements and examine political theory, history, and context. You'll graduate prepared for meaningful careers in business, law, education, government, communications, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).

Construct compelling arguments about the causes of, and solutions to, political problems. Approach research from both a behavioral and a scientific perspective. And analyze governance at the local, national, and global levels and assess its impact on the public. You'll hone your ability to write and speak with precision and refine your critical-thinking skills in discussions with faculty and classmates.

Our smaller class sizes mean that your viewpoint will be heard. Immerse yourself in the professional world of policymaking, government processes, and community organizing during two internships in the Greater Boston area.

You’ll emerge from our Political Science program with expertise in governmental structures and processes, methods for evaluating policy, strategies for exercising power, and conceptual tools for analyzing political events and outcomes. 

$76,877
Average salary for political science professionals in New England.
With a wide range of career options and average salaries of over $75,000 per year, graduates from political science programs enjoy excellent employment opportunities in the Greater Boston area and beyond. From communications and consulting to political strategy, research, advocacy, and more, the program will prepare you for important work across a range of industries. (Source: Burning Glass Labor Insight)
Elizabeth Shugart
Personifies Civic Engagement
Elizabeth Shugart ’19
Her strong sense of purpose and commitment to social justice reflect the heart of Lesley’s mission. In addition to being Executive Chair of the Campus Activities Board, Elizabeth has worked as a Communications Intern for State Senator Patricia Jehlen and as a campaign associate at the Blue-Lab group. They are “a political incubator that is revolutionizing progressive political campaigns and the next generation of candidates and campaigners” who work “to lower the barrier of entry for first-time, minority, and female candidates.” Elizabeth volunteered for Blue-Lab because she thought it was important to be working actively to redress our dire political situation. Political Science Professor Illuzzi adds, “Elizabeth is an exceptional student whose priority is not on grades-for-grades-sake but rather how she can best work to promote greater justice in an unjust world."
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Approximate cost for 1 year of attendance in this undergraduate program.
Political Science
Housing Options
Compare the cost of the program for students who live on campus in a residence hall with the cost for commuter students.
  • Tuition
    Fall Tuition
    $14,250
    Spring Tuition
    $14,250
  • Fees
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $9,860
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,370
    Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total
Calculate Estimated Merit Scholarship
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Presidential Scholarship
$10,500
​Linda Dacey Scholarship
$2,000
Dean’s Scholarship
$9,500
Edith Lesley Wolfard Scholarship
$1,000
Lesley Scholarship
$8,500
Lesley Grant Award
$5,500

You are not eligible for a merit scholarship.

Estimated Cost

First-year freshman students will also be charged a one-time new student orientation fee their first semester. All students are charged a degree completion fee when they graduate. Review all undergraduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

Housing Options
Compare the cost of the program for students who live on campus in a residence hall with the cost for commuter students.
  • Tuition
    Fall Tuition
    $14,250
    Spring Tuition
    $14,250
  • Fees
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $9,860
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,370
    Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total
Calculate Estimated Merit Scholarship
*Enter your GPA to see what merit scholarships you’re eligible to receive.
Presidential Scholarship
$10,500
Transfer Scholarship
$9,500
Lesley Scholarship
$8,500

You are not eligible for a merit scholarship.

Estimated Cost

Transfer students will also be charged a one-time new student orientation fee their first semester. All students are charged a degree completion fee when they graduate. Review all undergraduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

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