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Political Science

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Political Science

Political Science: Principles of Power

Politics shapes every aspect of our lives. Political science helps you understand how politics works, and how to influence it.

We examine the institutions of government, from the local to the international level, but also delve into the informal aspects of politics, including media, political parties, interest groups, religion, and the roles of women and minorities.

The major offers entrance into advanced study, practical politics, government work, and employment in the private sector.

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#1Major for law school
3Recent Truman Scholarship Finalists
22Washington Center Interns since 2016

What Will I Learn?

Students learn how to make sense of political processes in the United States and internationally:

Use data to understand election results; analyze the political coalitions; and explain voter behavior.

Understand how institutions and interest groups affect policy-making in areas like trade, health care, reproductive rights, and immigration.

Learn to read, and develop, legal and political arguments related, for example, to civil rights and the scope of political authority.

Develop critical thinking, writing, and oral communication skills applicable to a broad range of careers.

Intellectual Diversity

Within the context of a welcoming and supportive learning environment, faculty challenge students from a wide variety of perspectives. Their intellectual commitments, teaching styles, and research methods are varied, and they invite meaningful debate and discussion.

Faculty in Political Science are known for their dedication to teaching. They are committed to making sure that students have what they need to be successful, both in and beyond the classroom.


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Political Science (Pre-Law) BAHattiesburg
Political Science BAGulf Park, Hattiesburg
Political Science BSGulf Park, Hattiesburg

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  • Jaylen Hackett, 2016, 
     Corps. Member, Teach for America, Charlotte, NC.
  • David Walley, 2014, 
    Pine Belt Land Title LLC, New Augusta, MS
  • John Duck, 1977, 
    Attorney at Law, Adams and Reese LLP, New Orleans, LA
  • J.D. Rimann, 2016, 
    Campaign Manager, Mike Toth for Justice, Austin, TX.
  • Chad Driskell, 1993, 
    Vice President for External Affairs, The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS