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B.S. in Political Science


This degree program provide an excellent foundation for students who are planning to pursue a career in the governmental/legal professions, service or business community. Our degree prepares students for success in graduate or professional school. The B.S. in Political Science offers four concentrations:

  • American Politics
  • Comparative Politics/International Relations
  • Legal Studies
  • Social Studies Composite (Secondary Teaching Certification)


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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

  • Provide an excellent foundation for graduates who plan to enter the legal/governmental professions, or the business community.
  • Expand your knowledge of political science.
  • Prepare you for real world situations by utilizing hands-on activities in the classroom and through coursework.
  • Students will learn to develop historical research and writing on particular subjects.

Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
POLS 3301 Political Economy of Globalization
POLS 3307 Public Administration
POLS 3320 Terrorism and Political Violence
POLS 4320 Weapons of Mass Destruction
SOCI 2303 Race and Ethnic Relations
SOCI 4302 Methods of Social Research

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.