Political Science and Global Affairs, BA

Whatever your career aspirations, a major in political science and global affairs can help you hone your decision-making, problem-solving, and analytical thinking skills. You'll become an effective oral communicator, a lucid writer, and develop a knowledge base of the most important political science research.  You'll learn to analyze social power and the way it affects and is affected by political, legal, and economic institutions.  Political science is a versatile major that can lead to a variety of exciting 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


Political science and global affairs 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. 

Bill Curtis

Bill Curtis 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

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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