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Political Science, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Oregon, OH, United States
At Lewis & Clark, the majors of the Political Science from Lewis and Clark College are grappling with some of the 21st century’s most enduring questions and concerns: What is the best use of government power? How do individual and group behaviors affect political institutions? What are the consequences of public policies? 
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Political science is the study of political values, institutions, processes, and policies. It focuses on the system of governance by which societies set their public priorities and policies and on how government touches the individual. Political science deals with basic questions about power, authority, social values, and political manipulation—the ways that societies determine their collective priorities and attempt to bring them into being.

What can you do with a Political Science from Lewis and Clark College?

Quite a lot, actually. One of the most common misconceptions is that political science is a great major for students who want to go on to law school, but not for people who wish to go on to other careers. In reality, we’ve designed our major to provide a rigorous and broad-based education that promotes the following goals:

  • critical thinking and analytical reasoning
  • excellent writing skills
  • the ability to speak persuasively
  • an understanding and appreciation of diverse intellectual and cultural perspectives
  • an understanding of quantitative research and methodology

These skills are important in almost any profession, so it’s not surprising that our graduates pursue careers in politics, law, education, journalism, business and finance, as well as going on to advanced graduate work.

The department is organized into four major fields of study: American government and institutions, political theory, comparative politics, and public law. Other subfields—methodology, public policy and political economy—intersect with these main areas and provide avenues for more focused and advanced specialization. Courses are offered in each concentration at the introductory and advanced levels. Course sizes are small, ranging from fewer than five students (at the upper level) to 34 students (at the introductory level). In addition, political science majors can undertake independent study under individual faculty supervision, including practical applications and experiences such as internships with elected officials, interest groups, and government agencies. The department’s biennial semester of study in Washington, D.C., one of the more distinguished programs of its kind in the country, includes interviews with some of America’s most influential politicians and decision makers, combined with a rigorous curriculum of in-class instruction.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to American Politics
  • Public Opinion and Survey Research
  • Public Policy
  • Gender and Politics
  • Political Parties and Interest Groups
  • Government and the Economy
  • Congressional Politics
  • Presidential Politics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Online Common Application or Paper Application with essay attached.
  • Official transcripts of all secondary school and college grades. 
  • Financial Documents
  • Proof of English proficiency.
  • School Report.
  • Teacher Evaluation, completed by a teacher who has taught you in an academic course (English, mathematics, science, foreign language, history, or social studies). 
  • SAT and/or ACT scores are optional for international student applicants, but are highly recommended for applicants who attend international/American schools. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52346 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52346 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    52346 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52346 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Oregon

  • 1031 - 1710 USD/month
    Living Costs

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