Understand the role that power and resources play in society.
Whether you specialize in American politics, law and politics, comparative politics, international relations, or political theory, we encourage you to be well-versed in multiple areas. You’ll have access to graduate-level courses at our School of Advanced International Studies, one of the top-ranking international relations programs in the country, and research and internship opportunities in Baltimore, Washington, DC, and around the world.
CLASSES YOU MIGHT TAKE
The Power of Rhetoric
In a time when people claim language “has no preference to facts, truths, or realities,” the power of rhetoric is both vilified and lauded in the strongest possible terms. You’ll be introduced to the art of persuasive speech, writing, and visual media so you can be prepared to critically examine and evaluate the claims made for and about the role of language in contemporary politics.
Fictional World Politics: International Relations Through Fiction
The plots and settings of fictitious works provide “cases” for our exploration of international relations theories through literature, film, and works of international relations scholarship.
Disposable People: Race, Immigration, and Biopolitics
This course will explore theories and practices of race and immigration to illuminate the proliferation of populations regarded as disposable in contemporary politics. We’ll examine how political power influences the relays between citizenship status and those whose lives are worthy of protection, and those who should be allowed to die.
PROF. VESLA WEAVER
Professor of Political Science and Sociology
Justice for All?
Political scientist and sociologist Vesla Weaver is spending her career listening to and researching the voices of a sizable group of people whose experience of democracy, citizenship, and government is completely different from that of those not living under police surveillance.Read More
PROF. ADAM SHEINGATE
Professor, Department of Political Science
Image by Alex Nabaum
Rules of Political Engagement
Drawing from interviews with political consultants and reps from social media platforms, Hopkins political scientist Adam Sheingate develops ethical framework for politics in the digital age.Read More
Join the Club
Hopkins students are eager to pursue their interests outside the classroom. With 450+ student-led organizations, here are just a few you could join:
- College Democrats at JHU
- College Republicans at Johns Hopkins University
- JHU Debate Council
- The Johns Hopkins Undergraduate Law Review
- Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs (POFA)
- HopMUN (Model UN)
- Hopkins Votes
- Mock Trial
- Osler Medical Symposium
- Political Science Steering Committee
- Public Policy Consulting Group