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Bachelor's Degree in Political Science

If you are considering a legal career, a political science degree is a great choice because it focuses on what law does in society, how laws are made, the role of the courts, and other related topics. Although you don’t have to get your BA in Political Science to apply to law school, you can get a good feel for studying law by taking the courses that come with a political science major.

Why a political science degree? As a political science major at Cumberlands, you will survey the major concepts, issues, and controversies in political science.  Whether you are pursuing a poli sci minor or your Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, you’ll explore public policy, constitutional law, political theory, comparative government, American foreign policy, the presidency, and Congress.

At University of the Cumberlands, you can pursue a minor or a bachelor’s in political science. The experienced, caring faculty in the Department of History and Political Science will help you choose the combination of study to best meet your personal goals. With a poli-sci degree, you will be well-prepared to begin your career or to continue your political science degree studies in graduate school.

What is Political Science?

Political science is a social science focused on governments and systems of power and the analysis of laws and political activities, thoughts, and behaviors. There are a wide range of subdisciplines, such as political economy, international relations, and public policy and administration. Political science shares methodology with other social sciences, like history, psychology, and behavioral science. This allows you to take classes in your area of interest during your political studies. Degree programs vary, but generally cover topics such as international law, government administration, and diplomacy.

What Can You Do with a Political Science Degree?

Wondering what can you do professionally as a political science major? The answer is a lot, actually. Career opportunities for those with a political science degree are numerous. Many graduates with a political science major gain work in government as elected officials or in many other capacities, including lobbyists. Alternative career options include:

  • Lawyer
  • Journalist
  • Business Owner
  • Teaching
  • FBI Officer
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Ambassador
  • Historian
  • CIA Intelligence Specialist
  • And many more

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of political science and government is expected to have 262,000 job openings by 2024. That’s 262,000 opportunities an undergraduate degree in political science can help you pursue.


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If you’ve been looking for the perfect political science major to fit your needs, let University of the Cumberlands show you the way with an accredited bachelor’s in political science degree that will help you make a difference for your career and the lives others. Fill out the form on this page to see what you could accomplish with a BS or BA in political science. Let’s talk about our test-optional college admissions process, scholarship opportunities, and more!

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