Political Science

Washington DC Program

Seaver's political science program introduces our students to the study and analysis of politics, governments, and the governing process. Whether it is wrangling over a new health care plan in Congress, a bitterly contested campaign for President, or the global struggle against terrorism, the political world is complex, ever-changing, and fascinating.

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Our political science major emphasizes an integration of the theoretical work in the classroom with practical and experiential learning. Led by our renowned faculty, our students learn to analyze, contextualize, and develop a balanced perspective, while also thinking critically and articulating a sense of purpose and direction.

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Student Opportunities

Washington, D.C. Program

Various special academic opportunities, including the internship program, provide for supervised fieldwork in political campaigns, mental health agencies, correctional agencies, and business and research institutions. Examples of internships open to qualified upper division students include the Washington, D.C. Program and the Sacramento Legislative Seminar.

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Recommended International Study

The Social Science Division strongly encourages students to study abroad through Pepperdine's International Programs. These programs are an excellent way to gain overseas experience and make rapid progress in fulfilling the language requirement for the major.

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Internship Opportunities

We encourage students to gain practical experience in some area of international studies through an internship. Pepperdine's Career Services offers local internship opportunities and International Program's Washington, DC Program also offers study and internship opportunities in the nation's capital. In addition to the federal government, a number of international organizations are based or have major branches in the city.

Pre-Law Emphasis


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Possible Minors

Women's Studies Minor

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Our women's studies minor helps students to reshape their thinking about culture and societies. We offer feminist perspectives that uncover the dynamics of both masculine and feminine gender.

Ethnic Studies Minor

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Our ethnic studies minor focuses on the historical experiences, creative expression, and interactions of the various ethnic, racial, religious, and linguistic groups in the United States and other countries.

African American Studies Minor

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We offer an interdisciplinary African American studies minor that provides students with a critical understanding of the historical, social and political thought and experience of African Americans.

Economics Minor

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Students may combine a minor in economics with majors in any field. This valuable minor prepares students for graduate programs in public policy or business administration.

Nonprofit Management Minor

Nonprofit Management Minor

In cooperation with the American Humanics Foundation, we offer a Minor in Nonprofit Management which affords students opportunities for involvement in various non-profit human service organizations.