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Political Science (B.S.)

Are you interested in how laws are made and the structures of governments across the world? How public policy is formulated, and the impact of policy on the social and economic status of the populace? Consider getting a political science degree.

Political science training also provides valuable preparation for participating in community organizations, electoral politics, movements on behalf of specific policies, or even seeking elected or appointed positions in government.

The Bachelor of Science with a major in political science provides a solid academic foundation by examining the formal institutions of governments around the world. The diverse curriculum allows students to select from a slate of American and international courses based on their interests while preparing for a wide range of careers or advanced degrees.

Students who choose to earn this degree in political science can count up to nine (9) credit hours of internship coursework towards their degree. A minor concentration is required for this degree program. While study at a non-American university is not required for this major, participation in a study abroad program is highly encouraged.

Online Degree Program

You can earn your Bachelor of Science in Political Science completely online!

The Department of Political Science & International Affairs was an early adopter of online programs starting with our Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA) program in 2009. Since then we have expanded our ability to serve the “virtual” student and we are the first academic department at UNG to offer associate, bachelor's and master's degrees online. Our online program is designed to serve all students such as a returning military veteran, a working parent, or a student traveling abroad.

The online program is designed to be completed based on classes offered in a two-year rotation using UNG online courses and eCore. Not all courses are offered each semester. Please contact Professor Maria Albo at with questions about the program and UNG online course availability.

Read about our student who pioneered this online degree in this UNG news article, Political Science and International Affairs offers three fully online degrees.
Political Science Focuses On:
  • The study of government and political processes, institutions, and behavior.
  • The history of political thought and the formulation of conceptual models to understand governmental processes.
  • The examination of governmental structures, the interaction of various levels of government, and political groups within a country.
  • A comparison of parallel political behavior in multiples places or time periods.
  • The study of diplomacy, international law, political economy, and international organizations.
  • An examination of different contexts and issues, such as:
    • The Middle Ages and the relationship between the state, God, and individuals
    • Karl Marx in light of societal economic structure
    • The importance of solving practical political problems using empirical models.

Campus Availability

Dahlonega Campus
Gainesville Campus

Other Degree Options

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Careers in Political Science

Career opportunities with a degree in political science are extremely varied. It is this flexibility that makes the degree so practical. Political science majors qualify for many different careers in business, the law, state, local, and federal government, journalism, international organizations, finance, political campaigns, interest groups and associations, and pre-college and college teaching.

Where Can This Program Lead You?

Where Our Students Have Interned

  • White House (Office of the VP)
  • Georgia General Assembly
  • US House of Representatives

Where Our Students Have Found Jobs

  • Center for Advancing the American Dream, Washington, DC
  • Forsyth County Government, GA
  • Office of Cadet Admissions, UNG
  • Smith & Nephew, Houston, TX
  • Field Representative for US Congressman

Where Our Students Have Gone to Grad School

  • UNG
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Alabama
  • Emory University
  • University of South Carolina

See a list of potential career opportunities.

Career Listings and Graduate Programs
Top Graduate Programs in Political Science

The following sites will help you choose a quality political science graduate program.

Caution: We recommend that you do not rely on any single ranking source, nor should you rely on rankings alone. You should investigate a variety of material before deciding which program may be best for you.

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