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- Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
- Minor in Political Science
- Certificate in Political Journalism
- Foreign Service Certificate
- Accelerated BA/MA in Political Science, with a concentration in either Law, Culture and Politics or International Affairs
Overview: Political science is the traditional major for students interested in attending law school because the major provides the background to the political science system in which the United States' judicial system operates. Students also study political science because of their interest in public service as it relates to American politics or international relations.
The political science major can prepare students for a variety of professional master's degrees, including the Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts in Public Administration, and master's degrees in international relations.
Curriculum: Through a rigorous Research Methods course and a Capstone Seminar, the department of political science offers excellent preparation for students would like to continue their political science studies in graduate school. The honor's thesis is specifically designed for students who plan to pursue doctoral degrees. In addition, students majoring in political science participate in the Model UN, Model Arab League, and Model OAU conferences, as well as West Point's SCUSA conference.
Faculty: The faculty includes experts in numerous areas, including the presidency, Asian politics, political ethics, international security, polling, administrative law, international terrorism, democratization, revolution and ethnic conflict, political leadership, civil liberties, gated communities, and African and Latin American development.
Internships: Campaign practica, worth two credit hours, are available from professors who offer consulting services to local campaigns. Students also can receive course credit for completing a research project with a faculty member.
Careers: The government plays a central role in the United States' economy, employing more than 20 percent of the nation's work force. If you add to this to the number of private sector workers whose careers involve direct dealings with government agencies, fully one-third of the U.S. labor force is involved in some form of public service. Political science provides excellent training, at the undergraduate level, for employment in this vast sector.
Scholarships: The Sullivan Scholarship is awarded to a woman from the St. Louis area who is majoring in political science.