The Department of Political Science offers an undergraduate program leading to a bachelor of science (B.S.) or a bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree. As a political science major, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of how power, politics and people converge. This program is designed to (1) provide a systematic understanding of the political process; (2) provide a basic background for students preparing for careers in local, state, and national government as well as in law, journalism, and the teaching of social studies; (3) prepare students for graduate work leading to professional careers in political science.
You can effectively combine a major in political science with studies in economics, environmental studies, international studies, journalism, sociology, or planning, public policy, and management. No matter where you plan to create change and progress, political science will serve as a valuable and versatile foundation.
With the analytical and communication skills you master while earning your political science degree, you might pursue a career in government at the local, state, or federal level. Or you might find that you’re interested in working with a nonprofit organization, a nongovernmental organization, or a private industry. Many political science graduates decide on graduate education, especially in the fields of law, international studies, business administration, or advanced studies in political science. Your undergraduate degree in political science provides a great foundation for any number of career choices.