Political Science, B.A.


The Bachelor of Arts degree in political science offers students a broad liberal arts education along with a comprehensive understanding of the nature and functioning of the political process. It also provides a sound foundation for graduate study in political science, public administration and nonprofit management, or for careers that require knowledge of governance and the political process, such as law.


  • Faculty members are nationally recognized scholars who are committed to undergraduate education.
  • The department offers four optional concentrations in specific subfields of political science: American Politics, Prelaw, Global Politics, and Public Affairs. 


  • Internship experience with local government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and political campaigns.
  • Opportunities to collaborate with faculty on research; undergraduate research scholarships available.
  • Our Washington Summer Study Session is offered every other summer for three weeks in Washington, D.C.
  • A choice of electives in American politics, law, international relations, comparative political systems, public policy, and administration.
  • Participation in the Political Awareness Club, Model United Nations Club, and Pi Sigma Alpha (the political science honor society).


  • Provides preparation for careers that require knowledge of governance and the political process.
  • Graduates pursue careers in a range of fields, including state, local, and federal government; nonprofit organizations; and international affairs.
  • Provides preparation for graduate study in political science, public administration, and nonprofit management.
  • The pre-law concentration prepares graduates to enter law school and the legal professions.
  • Teacher licensure prepares students for teaching careers.
  • Potential career paths:
    • Lawyer
    • Lobbyist
    • Archivist
    • Public Relations Manager
    • Urban Planner
    • Judge
    • Professor
    • Public Affairs Specialist
    • Policy Analyst

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Program Details

Degree Type: Bachelor's

College/School: College of Arts and Sciences

Program Type: Majors & Concentrations

Class Type: In Person

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Dr. Gregory E. McAvoy
Department Head
Department of Political Science