Undergraduate Programs in Political Science

Political science is the study of the ways in which people govern themselves or others. It is the study of governmental and political systems that succeed and of those that fail. In studying the history of government, students have the opportunity to explore how people control other people and how they exert influence upon others. They also study how power has been instrumental in shaping or changing the interactions between nations, races and cultures. In many programs, students also study cognate fields, such as psychology, sociology and anthropology to understand the forces and factors that lead individuals and groups to vote in particular ways.

An Associate’s degree in political science is a good way to decide if the subject area is one’s best choice for a career. They offer a very good introduction to the issues, methodologies and skills that are crucial in the political arena.

Bachelor’s degree programs provide the foundation for a number of exciting careers in education, public service or history. The Bachelor of Arts degree incorporates appropriate arts and humanities courses and mathematics and research methodologies courses to allow political science majors to contextualize the theories and principles they are studying. The bachelor’s degree lays the foundation for a career in one of several tracks:

  • Teacher (secondary, college/university)
  • Local government elected official
  • State legislature or senate
  • Campaign manager
  • Political speechwriter
  • Legislative assistant/aide
  • Law (attorney, district attorney, legislative attorney, judge, U.S. attorney)
  • Lobbyist
  • Press Secretary
  • Special interest analyst
  • Consultant
  • Foreign Service (diplomat)
  • International Relations
  • Federal government employment
  • U.S. Congress (House of Representatives, Senate)
  • White House Aide

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