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B.A. in Political Science – Concentration in International Relations

About the Program

The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science is ideal for students who want to gain an understanding in the fundamentals of early and modern political thought, American government, international relations, comparative political systems, legal studies, gender studies, public policy, and research methods. With our immersive curriculum, you will foster a passion for civic engagement and challenge intellectual curiosity.

Core Courses

  • Introduction to Political Science: Power and Globalization
  • American National Government
  • Fundamentals of Social Science Research
  • Modern Political Thought

Student Outcomes

Those with political science degrees typically go to law school or graduate school, and have successfully placed in careers in local, state, and national government agencies, non-profits, law enforcement, teaching, and private companies.

Ninety percent of our political science graduates who apply for law school are accepted into universities that include Duke University, Georgetown University, The London School of Economics, and more. Our graduates also work in policy advocacy, municipal government, campaigns, and international relations.

Undergraduate Research & Internships

The program offers real-world opportunities for career preparation and skill-building, including a semester-long internship in the nation’s capital through the Washington Center. Students can also take part in legal and political internships, international service learning, Model United Nations, and policy debate.

Photo of faculty member Joseph Patten 2021

Joseph Patten, Ph.D.


Political Science and Sociology

Samuel E. and Mollie Bey Hall, 246