Public and International Affairs

College of Humanities and Social Sciences


This degree is for students interested in political science, government, and international relations.

As a government and international politics major, you learn about government from courses taught by outstanding faculty, many of whom work in Washington, D.C. Develop first hand knowledge through internships in the nation’s capital.

You take core courses in American political institutions, the political systems of other countries, and international relations. You can choose electives that will allow you to earn a concentration in American politics, international politics, political theory and law, or public policy.


All students have opportunities for research, global-engagement, public service, and career preparation.

  • If you excel in the classroom, apply to the honors program in the major. Work closely with a professor on a research project of your own. Read more >>
  • Consider doing an accelerated master’s program in political science or public administration. Read more >>
  • Study abroad with Mason’s Center for Global Education.
  • Apply to be a Global Politics Fellow!
  • Develop valuable job experience by interning at places such as:
    • U.S. Congress, Department of State, the White House
    • Foreign embassies and political campaigns
    • Foreign embassies, law firms, and NGOs
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