Political Science Major

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Break down the issues and build your career

There’s no experimenting in political science. You’ll take a deep dive into history to understand political elites, institutions and group behavior so that you can identify patterns, draw generalizations and build theories.

At the basic level, a degree in political science will give you the requisite knowledge and skills to be engaged and contribute to the betterment of society, but at a higher level, political science graduates are able to think critically and express their views. As a result, majoring in political science also gives you a great foundation for success in graduate or law school.

Here’s what you’ll LEARN:

Your major area courses will give you basic knowledge of the institutional structure of the U.S. government and current theories of politics in the United States. Moreover, you’ll understand and learn to interrelate the leading theories, literature, and approaches in the subfields of American government, political theory and methods, international relations and comparative politics.

You’ll also have the opportunity for a field placement in an organization concerned with electoral politics, governance or political issues. If research is your passion, you can take advantage of an advanced course that provide hands-on research experience on projects conducted by the political science faculty.

Here’s what you can DO:

  • Campaign Operative
  • Corporate Advisor for Government Relations
  • Lobbyist
  • Online Political Data Archivist
  • Public Affairs Research Analyst

Program Outcomes

  1. Gain basic knowledge of the institutional structure of government in the United States. Students will also gain familiarity with current theories of politics in the United States Both Internally and through the projection of American Hegemony abroad.
  2. Understand general theories and cases of comparative politics in societies outside the United States.
  3. Understand and be able to interrelate the leading theories, literature, and approaches in the subfields of American Government, political theory and methods; international relations
  4. Be conversant with the major debates and solutions to the problems of political order and the social good as found in the Western tradition of political philosophy.
  5. Gain facility in consistently expressing political discourse and theoretical proficiencies through scholarly writing encompassing accepted methods of qualitative and quantitative research; analysis in the social sciences.
  6. Become acquainted with the requirements for entry into graduate degree studies in Political Science, related social sciences and the study of Jurisprudence.
  7. Understand and be able to interrelate the leading theories, literature, and approaches in the subfields of American Government, political theory and methods, international relations, and comparative politics

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