Political science, a major in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, prepares you for an exciting career in business management, government service, law, education and much more. Many of our graduates go on to law school or pursue opportunities in public relations firms, political campaigns, lobbying and advocacy groups, local, state and national government, consulting, as well as in teaching and journalism. Political science students have also built successful careers with nonprofits, political consulting firms and social organizations.
The College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Political Science, as well as minors in American government/public law, foreign and international politics, political science and public administration. Our graduate programs include a Master of Arts, Master of Public Administration and a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science.
Most of our students tailor a study plan to match their unique interests and goals after graduation. For example, if you’re interested in pursuing a career in law and going on to law school, you’ll probably take several public law courses. Or, if you’re looking to move into business management, you may want to take courses in international relations and foreign policy.
- B.A. Political Science – This option emphasizes a traditional liberal arts track with a broad understanding of political processes.
- B.S. Political Science – This program places more emphasis on methodology and statistics.
Whichever track you select, you’ll be required to take a course in political theory and research methods and at least two courses in both American politics and foreign politics.
Through interactive class discussions, debates and lectures you’ll gain an historical perspective on political science, looking from both American and global viewpoints, and you’ll uncover characteristics of modern day governments, political behavior and the development of public policies. You’ll also study:
- The effects of globalization
- American presidencies
- Political violence and revolution
- Civil liberties
- Women in politics
- Contemporary political ethics