Department of Political Science

Political Science students looking over faculty publications

Why Major in Politicial Science?

The mission of the Department of Political Science is to foster critical, independent thinking about politics and public policy.  Majors will become conscious of the many complex ways in which political forces - both domestic and global - shape their lives.

Coursework in politicial science provides the opportunity for in-depth study of the distribution, maintenance and legitimization of political control.  This enables students to identify, analyze and critically interrogate relations of power and governance.  Students will understand the political processes that form public polices and impact citizens, as well as the political culture that allows citizens to change the ways in which those processes function.

Politicial Science Career Paths:

  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Policy Development and Implementation
  • Business
  • Teaching
  • Work in Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations

Two Different Degrees: A Bachelors of Arts or Bachelors of Science in Political Science?

The BA degree requirements are below.

2014-2015 Political Science BA Degree Plan

2014-2015 Political Science BA Semester Guide

The BS degree requirements are below:

http://catalog.usm.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=9&poid=4375&returnto=518

http://catalog.usm.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=9&poid=4376&returnto=518

ps_bs_degree_plan_updated.doc

What are the main differences between the BA or BS?

BA requires 4 classes in foreign language.

BS requires 2 classes in foreign language and 2 research/methods classes PS 211 & PS 212.

 

For more information contact:

Dr. Phan at Ngoc.Phan@usm.edu or Dr. Lansford or Dr. Pauly