With more than 440 majors, the department of political science has one of the largest undergraduate programs in the College of Liberal Arts. The department offers undergraduate coursework in several subfields, including American politics, comparative politics, international relations, public law, political theory, and public policy. Students who have specialized interests may enroll in independent study courses.

Bachelor of Arts

The bachelor’s degree in political science provides students with a strong foundation to pursue careers in many different fields, including public policy analysis, public service, teaching, research, and the legal profession. As one step in enhancing the professional development of our undergraduate students, the department provides a variety of resources and opportunities, including pre-law advising and internship programs. Students also have opportunities to work with faculty on research projects. In recent years, our undergraduates have participated in national policy conferences, and they've worked in a number of internships in the public and private sectors. In addition, recent graduates have been admitted to highly selective graduate programs.


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. After completion of lower division coursework, students with a minor in Political Science may complete upper-division requirements from any of the six subfields, including American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, Public Law, and Public Policy. The department also provides minors with opportunities for internships, for credit, in the legal profession, political campaigns, legislative offices, and in public administration.