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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, journalism, government, communications, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).

Our smaller class sizes mean that your viewpoint will be heard as you share your ideas and build on existing theory. Immerse yourself in the professional world of policy making, government processes, and community organizing during two internships in the Greater Boston area. You'll gain hands on experience and make the connections that will launch your career as you intern in places like the Massachusetts State House, National Organization for Women, UN Association of Greater Boston, Lahey Health, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Senator Elizabeth Warren’s Office, and many more.

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.

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. 

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Craft Creative Combinations
As a Political Science major, you can pursue a second major or one of our 45+ minors—in art & design or a liberal arts subject—to expand your career opportunities.

Forge your own path with a creative combination:
Gain Skills & Expertise
Here's a taste of what you could do in our Political Science major.
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Small College, Big University

Within the dynamic environment of a larger university, you'll receive the personalized education of a small liberal arts college of 1,400 students. You'll learn from our highly-specialized faculty who are passionate experts in the social sciences and beyond—from child homelessness to social work, human services, political science, and more.

Elizabeth Shugart
Elizabeth Shugart ’19

Elizabeth's commitment to social justice reflects 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 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."

Careers
Jobs You Could Have
Demand for political science majors is projected to increase by over five percent in the next ten years in a wide range of industries, including:
Careers
Where You Could Work
Graduates of political science programs pursue a wide range of careers across a variety of industries. Top employers of graduates include:
$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)
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Cambridge is our campus. Boston is our neighbor.

Whether you're pursuing social work, political science, or another major in the social sciences, you'll take classes on our three beautiful Cambridge campuses. You'll discover the Cambridge and Boston area—a dynamic hub of professional opportunity, service work, culture, and fun few other cities can match. And, you'll build your résumé and make connections through internships as you take advantage of the rich resources in Massachusetts, home to 20,000+ nonprofits.

Faculty

Approximate cost, before financial aid, for 1 year of study 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
    $14,600
    Spring Tuition
    $14,600
  • Fees
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $10,060
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,570
    Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total cost before financial aid
Estimated Cost

Merit Scholarships & Financial Aid

It’s our goal at Lesley to break down financial barriers so that students who want to learn here, can learn here. That’s why we offer generous, customized aid packages for students based on their individual needs. In fact, in the fall of 2019, 98% of incoming Lesley students received some level of financial aid. Learn more about Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Tuition & Fees

Other fees may apply. 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
    $14,600
    Spring Tuition
    $14,600
  • Fees
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $10,060
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,570
    Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total cost before financial aid
Estimated Cost

Merit Scholarships & Financial Aid

It’s our goal at Lesley to break down financial barriers so that students who want to learn here, can learn here. That’s why we offer generous, customized aid packages for students based on their individual needs. In fact, in the fall of 2019, 98% of incoming Lesley students received some level of financial aid. Learn more about Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Tuition & Fees

Other fees may apply. 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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Approximate cost, before financial aid, for 1 year of study in this undergraduate program. Tuition and fees are for the 2020-2021 academic year.
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