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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.

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.

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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?

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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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