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"I can say without a doubt that it was a transformative experience. I was able to meet fellow students inside and outside of my major, get real-world experience for my major, and make connections that are now helping me find a job after graduation."  Todd Foy, '12, after interning on Capitol Hill for U.S. Senator John Kerry


Political Science and Public Policy at MCLA 

Our faculty offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of government, politics, and policy at the local, state, national, and international levels. You interact with a range of policy makers and opinion leaders including elected officials, journalists, and scholars engaged in public policy issues.

Why MCLA is Different

Model UNOur curriculum prepares you for work or graduate study in political science, public policy, and law. In addition, you sharpen your skills in computer technology, research, analysis, and writing. By working with your advisor, you develop a co-curricular experience tailored to your career aspirations. The opportunities available to you include participation in the North American Model United Nations program in Toronto (at right), study abroad, service learning, and travel courses in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. The active Political Science Club offers you a forum for discussing contemporary issues and participating in elections. Each spring, high-achieving students are invited to join the MCLA chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society.

The close working relationships our faculty members have with experts in the field give you the opportunity to learn from practitioners. Past speakers at campus events include Senator John Kerry (now Secretary of State), Senator Edward Kennedy, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, writer and activist Gloria Steinem, Ambassador Andrew Young, New York Times Columnist David Brooks, journalist and author Bob Woodward, and Dr. Robert M. Gates, U.S. Secretary of Defense. Our faculty assist with internship placements in Massachusetts, New York, and Washington, D.C.

Governor Patrick
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick visits an MCLA Public Policy class

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Student Learning Outcomes of Academic Programs


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Minor Requirements


Ely Janis, Chair