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Political Science (B.A.)

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The Political Science curriculum comprises the systematic study of the theory and practice of politics at various levels – domestic, foreign, and international.

Depending on their interests, undergraduates can focus on questions of a theoretical nature, the role and performance of political institutions and political systems, or the behavior of individuals and groups.

Our Political Science degree prepares students to work in both the public and private sectors.

Many majors also use this preparation as a basis for further study in graduate school or law school.

Bachelor of Arts with a Political Science major

Students may choose between four concentrations:

  • American Government – interest in running for elected offices or working for elected officials.
  • Public Administration – interest in management or analyst positions in government or nonprofits.
  • International Relations – interest in working for the State Department or working for an international corporation or nonprofit.
  • Pre Law – interest in working for an international corporation or nonprofit or a career in law.

Career Opportunities:

  • CIA/FBI Analyst or Agent
  • Budget Analyst
  • Customs Officer
  • Industrial Relations
  • Labor-Management Relations
  • Corporate Manager
  • Personnel Administrator
  • Public Affairs Research Analyst
  • Urban and Regional Policy Planner

Students must also be aware of the University-wide requirements

The department does not accept transfer credit in upper division coursework (i.e., 300 or 400 level courses) for political science courses completed at community colleges, junior colleges, trade schools, etc.

Note: Students majoring in Political Science may not accumulate more than 15 credit hours, total, of internship credit toward graduation.