Political Science, BA

Whatever your career aspirations, a major in political science can help you hone your decision-making, problem-solving, and analytical thinking skills. You'll become an effective oral and written communicator become and develop your stills as an effective research and a critical consumer of research. Political science is a versatile major and leads to a variety of fulfilling careers.

Career Paths

  • Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations
  • Banking/Finance
  • Domestic/International Business
  • Education
  • Human Resources
  • Journalism/Media
  • Judicial
  • Lawyer or Paralegal
  • Lobbyist/Political Consulting
  • Non-Profit Work
  • Political Office
  • Public Policy Administration

Requirements

Political science majors take 39 credits in the University Core Curriculum, 21-33 hours in the College of Arts and Sciences core, 36 hours of political science courses for the major, and 12-24 hours of electives. 

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Bill Curtis Associate Professor of Political Science

"I try to challenge my students to think critically about why they believe what they believe."

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Tim Wigington - Class of '07, '09
Political Science and Spanish; Master's in Business Administration

"I've always had a deep connection to the natural world, and as a student I became increasingly interested in understanding what it would take to develop a more sustainable society. "

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Ian McDonald

Ian McDonald Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science

"Ian’s recent work looks at the effect of rapid population growth and representation in the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislatures."

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