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Detroit Mercy Students in a political science class role playing in moot court.

Political structures create the foundation that governs most every aspect of life, but how well do you really understand them? At University of Detroit Mercy, we want you to learn more about the rules and relationships that form society, about how to effectively question these institutions, and even how you can be a catalyst for change. Whether your end goal is law or graduate school, a career in civil service, or something else entirely, by studying political science at Detroit Mercy, you'll develop the critical thinking and communication skills necessary for your success.

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Great Things At Detroit Mercy

  • Detroit Mercy provides an opportunity for students to live and work in Washington, D.C., through the Washington Center Program. The program offers more than 1,000 internship opportunities at places such as the Library of Congress, the Federal Trade Commission, C-SPAN, CNN, the White House, U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
  • The Political Science Association/Pi Sigma Alpha brings a variety of political speakers to the University and participates in Model United Nations, traveling to other cities to compete as individuals and teams.
  • Detroit Mercy’s political science and pre-law programs emphasize the development of critical thinking and writing skills, necessary for entering law school.
  • All courses are taught by faculty members — not teaching assistants or graduate students.
  • Small class sizes mean plenty of individualized attention aimed at making sure our students succeed.
  • In the tradition of our Jesuit and Mercy sponsors, Detroit Mercy offers a great, well-rounded education.

Your Boundless Future

Many political science majors go on to law school or other graduate programs. Political Science graduates also work in the public sector as elected officials or other capacities. Career options also include journalism, law, business, teaching, nonprofit organizations or data analysis.

View the Bureau of Labor Statistics information for these professions.

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Contact Info

Stephen Manning, Ph.D.
Department Chair, Political Science
313-993-1087
mannings@udmercy.edu

Featured Student

Allison McDonough Detroit Mercy Political Science Student

Allison McDonough '17

“The teachers I have in the Political Science Department are absolutely phenomenal. They care about your future, they care about you, they know what you want to do in the future and that only helps you be more successful. I couldn’t imagine being in a room with teachers who don’t even know your name. Where these teachers are already helping me get into law school. I feel very lucky.”

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