Bachelor of Science Degree
College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Political Science and International Affairs
Political Science is the study of the formal institutions of government and the actual behavior of people in public life. It examines both the institutions and processes of government using both empirical and normative research methodologies. A degree in political science is of value to all persons who take the responsibilities and opportunities of membership in a democratic society seriously. Specifically, political science is the undergraduate major of a majority of persons who attend law school; serves as prerequisite for graduate study in a number of social science disciplines; and is an ideal liberal arts major for careers in business, journalism, public and international affairs, the federal government, state and local government, teaching, interest groups, campaign management, communications, and many others.
Political Science has four concentrations: 1) Legal Studies, 2) Government and Professional Politics, 3) Public Service and Public Policy, and 4) Global Studies. Majors are required to choose one concentration and take 12 hours from that concentration.
Supervised internships and cooperative study programs at sites in business, industry and government are available and students are strongly urged to participate.