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Department of Political Science

Beyond the Classroom

Study Abroad

Political science majors at Christopher Newport have countless opportunities to take their learning beyond the classroom. You can undertake memorable study abroad trips that will not only expand your horizons, but also deepen your understanding of other countries’ political systems. Trips include Central and Eastern Europe, where you can learn about history and politics with a focus on ethnicity, nationalism, and state and ethnic conflict in Bulgaria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic.

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research is a cornerstone of the Christopher Newport experience. Faculty regularly collaborate with students on a wide array of engaging research projects. These opportunities enhance classroom learning and teach valuable skills that will serve you long after graduation. Our students and faculty work together in the following areas:

  • National security
  • Women in politics
  • Human rights and international relations
  • Political theory
  • Polling and elections
  • Public administration
  • And more!

Research opportunities and on-campus employment are also available through Christopher Newport’s Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy and Reiff Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution:

The Wason Center provides unbiased and nonpartisan research and information about important public policy issues facing Virginia and about citizens’ views on those issues

The Reiff Center raises awareness of the horrors of genocide, human rights violations and conflict, and studies ways to overcome these by examining the international and national application of human rights, conflict resolution and peace studies.

Internships

Our proximity to Washington, D.C. means there are almost limitless opportunities for you to experience American political life. Internships are an excellent way to not only earn credit toward your degree, but also to apply your classroom learning in real-world situations. Internships are available in government, the military and nonprofit organizations dedicated to advancing the public good.

Other Opportunities

We also host a chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, which offers scholarship and research opportunities.


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