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Political Science and Philosophy

Students in the Department of Political Science and Philosophy practice what they learn. Our political science students observe legislative sessions and join clubs that study how government operates. Our philosophy students learn how to form good arguments and then apply those skills to real issues and topics. We offer majors and minors in both political science and philosophy, and the department also conducts pre-law advising.  

Relevant Coursework

Students in our program study hot topics in today’s society. Political science courses analyze current events and laws that affect people at the state and national levels. Philosophy courses delve into such topics as ethics and critical reasoning.

Educational Enhancement

Political science students are encouraged to participate in an internship program to gain real-world experience. Students also have opportunities to go on trips to the Texas Legislature and participate in simulations of government meetings to develop hands-on knowledge and skills. Philosophy students have been known to collaborate with other community groups, such as the San Angelo Civic Ballet, to present philosophical concepts through art. Study abroad is also emphasized so that students can learn first-hand about the government and justice systems of other countries.

Career Opportunities

Students have a wide range of career options in the Department of Political Science and Philosophy. A political science degree can help students do everything from teaching or working for a government agency to preparing for law school or working in the Foreign Service. Philosophy majors can pursue careers in a number of fields, including education, law and criminal justice. ASU students also have access to the Career Development Center to help in their job searches.

Join Us

For more information about the political science program or the philosophy program, call 325-942-2262 or email

Washington, D.C. Internship

Learn about how you can work in Washington, D.C. through the Government and Public Service Internship Program.

Political Science Scholarships

These scholarships are available to students in the political science program:

  • E. James Holland Scholarship – Political science major with interest in international politics

  • Bernard Taylor Memorial Scholarship – Variable amount awarded to one ASU political science student each year

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

Political science students are encouraged to submit applications for 2013–14 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships. The awards provide funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their education. Applications are closed.

For more information, visit the Boren Awards website.

Student Organizations

These organizations are popular among political science majors:

Pi Sigma Alpha

Our political science program has a local chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, a national political science honor society.

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