Political Science, BA

Maybe you dream of becoming president or running for your local city council. Perhaps you want to become a public policy analyst or a political commentator. 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
  • Human Resources
  • Judicial
  • Lawyer or Paralegal
  • Lobbyist
  • Political Office
  • Public Policy Administration
  • Research


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. 

Sample Courses

  • World Politics
  • Ancient and Medieval Political Thought
  • United States Urban Politics
  • Environmental Policy
  • Law and the American Judiciary
  • Politics of Terrorism
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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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