Political Science Bachelor's Degree Overview
Political science is the study of politics and government that attempts to explain political behavior. Public administration focuses on the management of governments and nonprofit organizations, and how public policy is made and carried out in such areas as health care and the environment.
UT's political science and public administration program offers courses in local, state, national and international politics, administration and governance. Students can choose a specified program in American politics, state and local government, public administration, comparative politics, international relations, political theory or public law, or they can combine these subjects for a general program.
Students gain real-world experience through local internships (or in the nation’s capital through The Washington Center) that allow them to participate in politics and government personally and directly. The University also is one of the nine core members of the University Studies Abroad Consortium, which makes study easily available in 25 countries. Finally, political science and public administration majors can take advantage of the department's well-equipped computer facility and available scholarship awards.
College of Arts and Letters Highlights
- Active learning — Versus just sitting in a classroom and absorbing the knowledge, we have our students learn and then "do" through volunteer work or internships.
- Faculty working and researching in the field — In addition to teaching courses, our faculty are out there investigating and uncovering new insights and theories. This puts them among the leaders in their respective fields.
- Better preparation for graduate school — Most of the programs in the college have a graduate-level component, this means those same instructors will be teaching and preparing you at the undergraduate level.
- Technology integrated into curriculum — Our students learn and practice on the same equipment they'll encounter in the working world; standout technology includes a geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing labs, a media-driven Foreign Languages Learning Lab, a letterpress facility, a high-definition television studio with editing and scripting bays, and more.
Many graduates work in federal, state or local governments. Others pursue graduate degrees and go on to careers in law, business, social services, higher education, or international affairs.
Political Science Bachelor's Degree Curriculum