The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
The major in Political Science is structured with an optional public policy track.
Explore the degree requirements page for more information on both tracks.
The Traditional Major
This option allows students ample opportunity to build a solid foundation while pursuing some of their own interests within the discipline.
The Public Policy Concentration
This option was designed for students who specifically desire to pursue careers in public policy and/or public administration in the public or nonprofit sectors. Grounded in basic political science theory and familiarity with American, comparative, and international politics, this BA track emphasizes the specifically political aspects of public policy processes and settings.
Cases will emphasize key policy issues confronting U.S. local, state and national decision makers and citizens. A focus on politics and the policy-making process will prepare students conceptually and methodologically to move beyond partisan politics to address how leaders can best mobilize resources to achieve constituent goals consistent with the public interest.
Both tracks provide the opportunity to explore historical, quantitative, experimental, ethnographic, psychological and creative methodologies.