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Political Science Degree

Much of what we do in our daily lives and are surrounded by at home or at work is touched by the work of government. To be active participants in our society, we must be aware of what is going on and how it affects our lives.

Political Science Degree Plans

Angelo State offers these options for students interested in political science:

Why Study Political Science?

ASU political science majors learn the nuts and bolts of bureaucracy while also studying contemporary state and national issues. The coursework is relevant because professors keep up-to-date with current events, such as the state of the national economy. The political science program sponsors the Foreign Affairs Speakers Program and also sponsors students who participate in the Model Organization of American States.

The faculty in the political science program use different teaching methods that include case studies, critical analysis, visual aids and computer-assisted studies, among others. Curriculum frequently focuses on the workings of international politics, and students are encouraged to obtain internships and study abroad to advance their real-world experience of government.
A degree in political science can lead to careers in teaching as well as work in government agencies and major corporations. Graduates have the managerial and leadership skills to hold political or administrative positions in both the public and private sectors. A political science degree can also prepare students for law school, graduate school or work in the Foreign Service.

Graduation Requirement for Political Science Majors

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts in political science are required to complete a Major Field Test (MFT) in political science to be eligible for graduation. Students may take this examination at no cost after completing all political science requirements, or in the semester immediately prior to graduation. The exam does not affect GPA, but will be part of a student’s official record.

Course descriptions

Numerous undergraduate courses are available in the political science program.

Course Descriptions

Political Science Scholarships

These scholarships are available to students in the political science program:

  • E. James Holland Scholarship – Political science major with interest in international politics

  • Bernard Taylor Memorial Scholarship – Variable amount awarded to one ASU political science student each year

Boren Scholarships And Fellowships

Political science students are encouraged to submit applications for 2013–14 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships. The awards provide funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their education. Applications are closed.

For more information, visit the Boren Awards website.

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