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B.A. Political Science

ABOUT THE BACHELOR OF ARTS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

The Political Science program was created in 1971 and has one curriculum which offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. During the 2003/2004 academic year, the university administration required that all major concentrations/sequences be eliminated university-wide. Consequently, changes were made to offer only one political science curriculum which now includes “career areas of interest” related to law, public administration, urban planning, U.S. politics and international relations. While these career areas of interest are incorporated into one well-structured fundamental political science curriculum, they are not considered nor offered as concentrations or sequences.

WHAT TO EXPECT AS A POLITICAL SCIENCE STUDENT

The political science curriculum is based on the structure that the first two years the student should be taking mostly general core courses while most major courses are taught in the last two years. The curriculum is designed to provide more rigorous focus on outcomes within the three and four hundred level courses. Also our capstone and internship courses (where applicable) are designed to assist students in mastering skills required to function well in the job marketplace. Students will also have the option to explore our study abroad opportunities which are designed to enhance their learning experience while they are with us.

DEGREE AT A GLANCE

Total Credit Hours: 120

  • 40 of which are general core courses
  • 62 political science major requirements
  • 18 general (free) electives


Average Class Size: 20 - 25.

WHERE WILL MY DEGREE TAKE ME?

Perhaps unbeknownst to many, compared to others, Political Science is also relatively a lucrative discipline. As reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the Department of Labor, the median annual wage for political scientists was $114,290 in May 2016. Political Science is also one of the top 10 undergraduate majors for millionaires around the world. And just in case you want to broaden your horizon, it opens the door to other professional careers (lawyer, diplomat, journalist, etc.). Your degree skills are readily transferable and in high demand in almost any industry.

The Department has a front row seat in placing students in internships with top lawmakers. The Department has expertise in securing study abroad scholarships for interested students. Political Science brings the global village to your doorstep. With us, the sky is the limit.

Here are a few of the places you can work and/or jobs you can qualify for with a degree in political science:

  • Political Analyst
  • Political Consultant
  • Congressional Staff
  • Journalist
  • NGOs
  • Think Tanks
  • Intelligence Analysts (CIA, FBI, etc.)
  • All Government Agencies (National, State and Local)
  • Diplomat
  • International Development Worker
  • Multi-National Corporations
  • Legal Profession

ASSOCIATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS

The Political Science Association Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International,
http://www.pad.org/home

The World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads, http://www.hrwac.org/

Young Democrats Club Virginia 21, https://www.virginia21.org/

Thurgood Marshall Pre-Law Club