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B.S. in Political Science

Overview

The Department of Government, Legal Studies, and Philosophy offer programs of study leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. This program of study is designed for students who seek skills and substantive knowledge necessary to better understand the causes and effects of a wide variety of governmental institutions, processes, policies, and political behavior in preparation for exciting career opportunities both within and outside government. Students get training in comparative methodology, international politics, political philosophy, research methods, and develop their own capstone project. Students seeking a Bachelor of Science degree take a 14-unit sequence in calculus and statistics (students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree take an equivalent 14-unit sequence in foreign language).

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The Political Science major program offers three concentration areas of study: American Politics, Comparative Politics/International Relations, or Social Science composite teacher certification.

Designed with you in mind

The Political Science major program of study is currently offered primarily on the Stephenville campus in a face-to-face format.

Accreditations

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Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

A B.S. in Political Science can serve as the foundation prior to law school and prepare you for jobs such as:

  • Historian
  • Economist
  • Market research analyst
  • Teacher at the secondary level
  • Consultant
  • Lobbyist
Internship Opportunities

Internship Opportunities

Some of our 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 intern position.

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:

  • Business etiquette dinner
  • Resume assistance
  • Handshake
  • Job fair

And much more!

Program Objectives

The Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science is designed for students who seek skills and substantive knowledge necessary to better understand the causes and effects of a wide variety of governmental institutions, processes, policies, and political behavior in preparation for exciting career opportunities both within and outside government.

Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
POLS 2304 Introduction to Political Science
POLS 3308 International Politics
POLS 3311 Political Philosophy I
POLS 3312 Political Philosophy II
POLS 3314 Comparative Politics
POLS 3316 Political Science Research Methods
POLS 4390 Political Science Capstone

For more information on courses, please refer to the university catalog.

Facilities and Features

Dr. O. A. Grant Scholarship

Dr. O. A. Grant Scholarship

Endowed in honor of Tarleton's Professor Emeritus of Social Sciences, these $1,000 scholarships are offered to qualified history and political science majors. As many as ten academically outstanding students can receive this scholarship during an academic year.

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.

Corps Cadets standing in football arena holding the flags.

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.