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Political Science



Political Science


UMBC provides a unique environment for students to earn a degree in Montgomery County at The Universities at Shady Grove (USG).  Students transferring from regional community colleges or four year institutions will have access to UMBC’s best faculty, dynamic learning environment, and individualized advising without commuting to Baltimore.  At The Universities at Shady Grove, UMBC offers you the best of both worlds by providing our reputation in your backyard.  A dynamic mix of talented, engaged and experienced professors teach students in small classroom sized-settings.  Students complete their lower-level courses, including prerequisites and general education requirements and electives at a Maryland community college and their upper level requirements with UMBC-Shady Grove. Classes are taught by UMBC professors, and students receive a UMBC degree upon graduation.

UMBC’s Bachelor of Arts in Political Science prepares students to become a part of the "business" of the Washington metropolitan area. Students learn about the central problems of politics such as the distribution of power and authority in society and the aggregation of preferences across large populations as well as develop analytical and writing skills. The program offers courses in pre-law, public policy, and international affairs that enable students to focus on their core interests and pursue practical learning opportunities through internships at federal, state, and local agencies, and at international and non-governmental organizations.

Students enrolling in the Bachelor of Arts program in Political Science at UMBC-Shady Grove will complete approximately two years of full-time study prior to entry and complete the remainder of their upper-level credits with UMBC-Shady Grove.  Students may transfer a maximum of 60 credits from a two-year school and 90 credits from a four-year school to UMBC.

Students planning to attend UMBC-Shady Grove should see their Transfer Counselor and/or a UMBC-Shady Grove program representative to allow for a smooth transition and to best prepare to reach their academic goals. To meet with a UMBC-Shady Grove representative, please register to attend an upcoming Information Session.