At Furman, we know that political science can't be taught through lectures alone. Our faculty takes a hands-on approach, directing students in engaging discussions both in and out of the classroom. Political science majors at Furman gain real-world experience through internships, our award-winning mock trial program, and our partnership with the Riley Institute—a multi-faceted, non-partisan institute that provides an assortment of programs, symposia, and conferences on important public policy issues.
Because all political science majors are required to participate in either an internship or a study away program, the department is dedicated to finding internships to put you one step closer to your career goals. And Furman offers plenty of opportunities for study away, such as a semester in Washington, D.C or Brussels. No matter what your next steps are after graduation—from law school to a job at the White House to working for an international non-profit—we make sure our political science majors are well equipped.
Political science majors may choose to focus on numerous areas of interest, from American politics to international relations. Our courses cover a broad range of specializations within political science. Learn with us.
A degree in political science with a liberal arts focus puts our graduates in high demand at top law schools, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private companies. Find your career.
With our ideal student-to-faculty ratio, you'll work with professors who know your name. We're always ready to advise students on a research project or discuss current events outside the classroom. Get to know our faculty.
Mock trial program
Open to all Furman students, our award-winning mock trial teams compete in prestigious national tournaments every year. The cases alternate between civil and criminal fact patterns; students can play the roles of witnesses, attorneys, or both. Join now.
Our Tocqueville Program sponsors an annual course and lecture series intended to encourage serious and open engagement with the moral questions at the heart of political life. Learn more.
We offer a variety of scholarships and financial support for students involved in mock trial or independent research projects, as well as support for students presenting at conferences or attending events, such as Republican or Democratic national meetings. Find out more.
The best way to learn about our Political Science department is to visit the campus, meet our faculty, and see how students are participating in our program. You can schedule a classroom visit through the Admission office. Visit today.
Apply to Furman
To pursue a political science degree, you will need to apply to Furman through the Common Application. Get started.