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Political Science

About the Program

A political science major prepares students for various careers, particularly in education, politics, and law.


Notre Dame students who major in political science develop strong analytical skills, as well as a deep understanding of historical and contemporary political issues. Students with interests in law, social justice, war/peace, human rights, American politics, comparative politics, politic theory or international politics should consider a political science degree.

At Notre Dame, the disciplines of history and political science link the humanities and the social sciences. Historians and political scientists share interests in government, politics, social and economic interactions, civic participation, and international relations. Together, the two disciplines will help you develop a wide perspective on human society and its institutions, past and present.

Romanian Ambassador's Remarks Reflect NDMU Spirit

Ambassador Simona-Mirela Miculescu, the Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations, and the first woman in Romania to reach the rank of ambassador, inaugurated Notre Dame’s first annual Visiting Ambassador Program by urging listeners to get involved in the global campaign for gender equality because “empowering women is not only the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do.”

“Maya Angelou wisely said ‘A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.’ It is high time we hear the songs of every girl and woman!” she said.

Ambassador Miculescu spoke to more than 100 students, faculty, staff and visitors in Knott Auditorium on “Women in International Diplomacy, Development, Peacebuilding and Justice.” She echoed the theme of Notre Dame’s mission to transform the world as she advocated for the participation of women at every level of society in fighting poverty and working for  sustainable development.

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