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Political Science

The Political Science major creates leaders in politics and public policy internationally and domestically. Also, a path for law school in combination with a pre-law minor, most American elected officials either majored or minored in political science or concentrated in similar courses. The pre-law minor is an excellent companion with Jurisprudence or other majors.

Career Opportunities

  • Politician
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Lobbyist
  • Public Administrator
  • Federal Agency Worker
  • Government Intelligence Analyst
  • United Nations Worker
  • Human Rights Advocate
  • Teacher
  • Urban Planner

Undergraduate Programs

BA in Political Science

Students who major or minor in Political Science will learn about the institutions, groups, leaders, policies, and ideas that shape the American political system and the governments of foreign countries.

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BA in Political Science (Combined BA/MA Law and Governance)

This Dual Degree is an accelerated program for students who are interested in the institutions, groups, leaders, policies and ideas that shape the American political system and the governments of foreign countries. The program culminates with simultaneous baccalaureate and master’s degrees.

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BA in Political Science with Teacher Certification in Social Studies (Preschool-Grade 12)

This program is for students who will major in Political Science and want to become teachers in social studies. Students who wish to pursue P-12 teacher certification in Social Studies must apply to and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program.

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BA in Policy Studies

Policy Studies is a multi-disciplinary major that prepares students for careers as policy analysts, activists, advocates, and creators.

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Minor in Political Science

The minor in Political Science offers students the opportunity to study selected aspects of Political Science in the areas of interest of American Government and Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Political Thought and Philosophy.

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Minor in Global Security and Diplomacy

Offers students the possibility of deepening their knowledge in the following areas of security and diplomacy giving particular attention to the study and practice of security and diplomacy, statecraft in the context of deep economic interdependence, geopolitics, and the politics of resource acquisition and exploitation.

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Minor in Policy Studies

Offers students the opportunity to gain understanding of the policymaking process through the study American Government and Politics, Public Policy Analysis, Applied Microeconomics (Fulfills Gen Ed L Requirement), ​​Statistics for Social Research, and American Public Policy. Students also take one three-credit elective.

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