The department seeks to instill in its students a variety of skills and levels of knowledge that will serve them regardless of the profession they ultimately choose. Students seeking the B.A. degree take courses in several different subfields, including American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, Public Law, and Public Policy. The department also provides majors with opportunities for internships, for credit, in the legal profession, political campaigns, legislative offices, and in public administration.


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Learning Outcomes

  • To enhance a student’s ability to communicate in both written and oral form;
  • To enhance a student’s ability to think through and compare competing theories and information utilizing logical and analytical means;
  • To be knowledgeable in the six subfields of the discipline including major trends, debates, theories, and methods; and
  • To be prepared for graduate study in political science or a related discipline such as law.


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Bachelor of Arts in Political Science


Department of Political Science

The Department of Political Science is dedicated to excellence in research, teaching, and service. Our students learn and receive mentorship from faculty members who specialize in various subjects including American politics, comparative politics, international politics, political theory, public law, and public policy.


College of Liberal Arts

The College of Liberal Arts offers students a well-rounded education in the humanities and social sciences. Students develop strong analytical and communication skills for a lifetime of learning and discovery that can be applied to a wide variety of careers.