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B.A. in Political Science


The Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science includes various courses in liberal arts and concentration areas that prepare students to go into a number of professions. Some professions range from legal and government service to community business. Students are encouraged to pursue a minor in another discipline, along with studying the following concentration areas in greater depth:

  • American Politics
  • Comparative Politics/International Relations
  • Legal Studies
  • Social Studies Composite Certification


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Internship Opportunities

Internship Opportunities

Internships provide students with real-world experience and the ability to acquire valuable skills. Past students have completed internships with state political leaders and local government offices. Students who are interested should work with their academic advisor to find the correct internship opportunity.

career opportunities

Career Opportunities

The career opportunities available to students with a B.A. in Political Science are very versatile. A career within this field may include:

  • Campaign worker
  • City manager
  • Business administrator
Career Service

Career Services

Career Services offers students a wide variety of professional development opportunities that can translate into careers. A few of these programs include:

  • Handshake
  • Job fairs
  • Mock interviews
  • Resume assistance

And much more!

Program Objectives

The B.A. in Political Science degree program:

  • Provide an excellent foundation for graduates who plan to enter the legal/governmental professions, or the business community
  • Prepares students for entry and success in graduate and/or professional school
  • Expands the students’ knowledge of political science

Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
POLS 3303 Comparative State and Local Government and Politics
POLS 3310 Environmental Politics
POLS 4303 Political Theory Through 1789
SOCI 4302 Methods of Social Research
ECON 4302 Economic Development of the United States

Refer to our online catalog for the full course listings.

Facilities and Features

Public History Graduate Program

Public History Graduate Program

A specialization in public history prepares students for graduate studies and a non-traditional graduate academic career. Through coursework in museum studies, archival principles, and historic preservation, students acquire practical theoretical skills in:

  • Documentation of historical resources
  • Preservation of artifacts
  • Management of cultural resources
Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta is a history honor society that was established at Tarleton in 1985. The Alpha Beta Chi Chapter is starting out this semester with great expectations and we are looking for new members who qualify for membership. To see if you qualify or for more information, contact Dr. Janet Schmelzer.

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Texan Corps of Cadets

The Texan Corps of Cadets are instilled with values that are essential for the service of our nation, and are exceptionally qualified to succeed in several areas of business, government, and the military. Corps members can benefit from scholarships, corporate internships, and graduation reward opportunities, as well as with the option to minor in Leadership Studies.

Learn more about the Texan Corps of Cadets.

W. K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas

W. K. Gordon Center

The W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas is a Tarleton State University research facility, as well as a combined museum and special collections library. Located at the site of the Thurber ghost town, its interactive exhibits explore the birth and death of a company town.