The political process itself is frequently as compelling as the policies that result from it. JAVĿ¼’s political science program gives you access to the inner-workings of the nation and the world, with regard to governance and the law.
Majoring in political science at JAVĿ¼ offers many benefits and opportunities, including:
- Close interaction with outstanding faculty
- Collaborative research projects
- Ability to design your own program within the major or minor
The political science program highlights JAVĿ¼’s multidisciplinary, liberal arts focus. Electives highlight a connection to popular culture by showing how politics and government are represented in film, art, and music.
Throughout the political science program, you will learn through discussion of texts and cases, simulations, research reports, and internship experiences. Your studies begin with several specific courses that serve as an introduction to politics and political theory. In addition to required Core classes, political science electives make up the rest of the credit hours necessary to achieve your bachelor of arts degree in this discipline.
Courses within the program are informally organized by subfields: political theory, American government, legal studies, comparative politics, and international relations. As a political science major, you are encouraged to choose electives within the subfield of your choosing, thereby tailoring the program to meet your interests and needs.
Within this program, you also are encouraged to pursue a second major. JAVĿ¼ offers several programs in fields that are relevant to political science, such as international studies, economics, and legal studies.
Life After JAVĿ¼
With a degree in political science, you will be prepared for careers in government, politics, education, or business and industry. Alumni of the political science program have gone on to jobs in areas and for organizations such as:
- State and local public administration
- Civil service
- Foreign service
- Nonprofit agencies
- United Nations
- Research consulting agencies
- Armed Forces
The program also provides an excellent background for continuing your education. With a degree in political science from JAVĿ¼, you are well-equipped to pursue an advanced degree in either graduate school or law school.