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Political Science Degree

Much of what we do in our daily lives and are surrounded by at home or at work is touched by the work of government. To be active participants in our society, we must be aware of what is going on and how it affects our lives.

Political Science Degree Plans

Angelo State offers these options for students interested in political science:

Why Study Political Science?

ASU political science majors learn the nuts and bolts of bureaucracy while also studying contemporary state and national issues. The coursework is relevant because professors keep up-to-date with current events, such as the state of the national economy. The political science program sponsors the Foreign Affairs Speakers Program and also sponsors students who participate in the Model Organization of American States.

The faculty in the political science program use different teaching methods that include case studies, critical analysis, visual aids and computer-assisted studies, among others. Curriculum frequently focuses on the workings of international politics, and students are encouraged to obtain internships and study abroad to advance their real-world experience of government.
A degree in political science can lead to careers in teaching as well as work in government agencies and major corporations. Graduates have the managerial and leadership skills to hold political or administrative positions in both the public and private sectors. A political science degree can also prepare students for law school, graduate school or work in the Foreign Service.

Graduation Requirement for Political Science Majors

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts in political science are required to complete a Major Field Test (MFT) in political science to be eligible for graduation. Students may take this examination at no cost after completing all political science requirements, or in the semester immediately prior to graduation. The exam does not affect GPA, but will be part of a student’s official record.

Course descriptions

Numerous undergraduate courses are available in the political science program.

Course Descriptions

Political Science Internships

Political science internships are available to qualified juniors and seniors who are majoring in political science and have a minimum GPA of 2.0. During the semester of the internship, duties will be performed in an approved government or political agency, for which six semester hours of credit (POLS 4671) will be earned. The credit received for the internship will be in addition to the regular requirement of 36 semester hours for a political science major.

To apply for an internship, please visit the Political Science Office.