Political Science


Political science strives to promote the understanding of politics. Students study systems of government, political theory, and the intersection of politics with race and culture. Students learn to analyze local, national, and international government systems and prepare to become engaged and active citizens. Students who major in political science prepare for an array of career paths in government, law, business, public service, and more.


The primary goal of the program is to prepare students for the successful entry and completion of graduate and professional schools, especially law school. The second goal of the program is to prepare students for entry-level professional employment in public agencies at all levels—international, national, state, and local. The program's primary strategic objective is to increase the number of students who attend and graduate from professional and graduate schools.

Major Course of Study Requirements

To graduate with a major in political science, a student must complete 43 credit hours distributed as follows. Students must earn a grade of C or better for all major courses. The core consists of HPSC 228 Comparative Politics, HPSC 251 National Government of the United States, HPSC 253 Scope and Methods in Political Science, HPSC 253L Scope and Methods Data Lab, HPSC 285 Introduction to International Relations, HPSC 294 Introduction to Political Theory, HPSC 348 American Constitutional Law, HPSC 497 Senior Seminar in Political Science, HECO 201 Macroeconomics and HECO 202 Microeconomics. In addition, there are 12 hours of electives and three hours of a special skills course that are required for completion of the major.