The B.A./B.S. program in Political Science is designed to support the University’s mission and advance the following objectives:
- To introduce students to the political system, processes and policies of the United States and other countries
- To provide a conceptual and theoretical foundation in four principal areas of Political Science: international relations, comparative politics, American government and political theory
- To provide students with the cross-cultural awareness needed to succeed in diverse and multicultural national and international contexts.
- To explore the changing dynamics of a global system characterized by globalization, the rise of emerging countries in the non-Western world, the growing prominence of non-traditional political actors, and the unique challenges posed by these developments
- To introduce students to a body of knowledge and a set of practical skills that will help them attain gainful employment in federal, state, and local governments, law enforcement, nonprofit organizations, journalism, electoral politics, and academic professions
- To prepare students for securing admission to and succeeding in graduate programs in Political Science and other related disciplines
A degree in Political Science is expected to significantly boost both students’ ability to pursue postgraduate educational opportunities and improve their future career prospects. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science earn a median annual income of $64,000, outpacing the median earnings of $61,000 for all graduates with a bachelor’s degree as well as their counterparts with a general Social Sciences degree, who have marked an average of $53,000.
Furthermore, the study revealed that 48.7% of college graduates with a Political Science degree go on to obtain a graduate degree, where the same is true of 41.2% with a general Social Science degree. For those students who complete a graduate degree, the median income for Political Science majors reaches $96,000, outpacing the average of $87,000 median income for majors in other social sciences who have obtained graduate degrees.