Political Science

At the Intersection of Scholarship and Activism

We teach students all angles of government, politics, and public policy and how to use that knowledge to improve their world.

Department Chair:
Ravi Perry, Ph.D.

110 Alain Locke Hall
2441 Sixth Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20059


Campus-Wide Announcements

University Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The University continues to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, as additional cases are confirmed in the United States and other countries. The University continues to formulate and adjust its plans as needed.

No upcoming events.

What is Political Science?

Political science is the systematic study of governance through institutions, individuals, and ideas at all levels of society. Political science students at Howard University benefit from our premier location at the nexus of American politics and policymaking in Washington, DC. Our location allows us to provide numerous value-added opportunities for our students such as internships in various policy making institutions and related organizations, national and international public officials participating in university events, and study and interaction with a diverse and active student body from 45 states and 22 countries.

Kamala D. Harris

B.A., 1986

Howard Commencement Address; May 13, 2017

History has proven that each generation of Howard graduates will forge the way forward for our country and our world; and now graduates, it is your turn."

Dr. Ralph J. Bunche served as a professor and founding head of the Political Science Department at Howard University from 1928 to 1941. 


No current announcements.