About the B.A./B.S. in Political Science
The Political Science B.A./B.S. prepares students for careers and advanced studies in government, law, international affairs, public policy and administration, higher education, the media, and other professions that require an understanding of how governments work and interact with one another. Our majors explore questions about power, leadership, citizenship, and justice; and how all this impacts communities at the local, national, and global levels.
After taking Political Science 103, which introduces students to the field and methods of the discipline, students take a course in each of the following subfields of political science: American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Theory. Upon completion of these core courses, students can individually tailor and specialize their training by focusing on a particular subfield and developing an independent research project, placement in an internship or volunteer experience relevant to their specialization (law firm or government agency, for example), and develop greater intercultural understanding and cultural competency through study abroad.
The skills and training our majors acquire prepare them for a wide range of careers. Our graduates accept positions with governments, international and non-governmental organizations, think tanks, international finance groups, multinational corporations, and law firms. Many pursue further study in fields such as law and public and international affairs at highly competitive universities. Others take on leadership and service roles in government and the non-profit sector to better their local communities.
The B.A. and B. S. in Political Science have the following learning outcomes:
The Political Science major targets the development of key skills required not only for success in the major and throughout a student’s academic career, but in their professional development and career:
- clear and effective oral and written communication, including effective presentation skills and the ability to write in multiple formats;
- critical thinking and analysis, including information literacy and the ability to critically evaluate evidence, data, news coverage, and sources;
- the ability to initiate, develop, and conduct independent research;
- active, creative, and innovative problem solving through group work and applications of technology;
- practical work experience and opportunities to build professional networks; and
- cultural competency through language training, study abroad, and courses that promote greater intercultural understanding for an increasingly diverse, international, and multicultural workplace