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College of Arts and Sciences

Political Science

Political Science is a social science discipline concerned with the study of the state, nation, and government, along with the politics and policies of government.  Aristotle defined it as the study of the state.  Political scientists provide the frameworks from which journalists, special interest groups, politicians, and the electorate analyze issues.

The Department of Political Science is one of the largest departments in the College of Arts & Sciences, with more than 800 undergraduate students and over 100 graduate students.  The department offers undergraduates two different degrees:   a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies.  

The number and variety of opportunities open to political science graduates is vast.  Some pursue careers in government service, nonprofit agencies, or the private sector.  Some go on to law or professional school.  Others find opportunities in journalism, teaching, and research.

Some specific jobs include working as a legislative assistant or policy specialist for your congressman or senator; managing political campaigns; working for Political Action Committees (PACs); lobbying;  working at federal agencies; consulting at  PR firms/marketing departments/political consulting firms; and working in New Media to do outreach on an issue of one’s choice.

For additional information, contact:

Dr. Neal Woods, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Political Science, 803-777-7359,

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