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Undergraduate Program

Why Earn a B.A. in Political Science?

Political Science: The study of government, public policies and political behavior; uses both humanistic and scientific perspectives and skills to examine all countries and regions of the world. Political Scientist: Professionals who study politics, government, public policies.

Are you interested in American politics? International affairs? Critical issues such as health, the environment, civil rights? Theories concerning the ideal government and how power and resources are allocated in society? Do you want to study these subjects and pursue a career based on your interest? If so, you should consider studying political science.

The Department offers at the undergraduate level a Bachelor's of Arts degree for students who chose to major in political science, a Certificate in Legal Reasoning, and Teacher Certification in Social Sciences. We also have a political science minor.

The Department of Political Science at UTPA offers a wide range of courses:

  • U.S. Government and Politics, including local, state and national.
  • Comparative Government and Politics.
  • Methods of Political Science Research.
  • Political Theory.
  • Public Administration.

The curriculum of the department is designed to provide:

  • Academic training in the theoretical, empirical, philosophical aspects of the discipline.
  • An environment in which students can develop basic skills in analysis, critical thinking, writing, and research.
  • The background and competence needed to pursue advanced degrees in political science, law or related disciplines.
  • A broad liberal education in politics, law and government for all students.

Political science faculty and students are actively involved in such campus activities as pre-law advising, student government and other student political activities.

Political science students enjoy a versatility of skills and a marvelous range of exciting careers in federal, state and local governments; law; business; international organizations; nonprofit associations and organizations; campaign management and polling; journalism; pre-collegiate education; electoral politics; research and university and college teaching. The resources on this page will guide you in choosing political science as your vocation.

If you are ready to major in and earn a B.A. in political science, then please visit the Department of Political Science on the 2nd Floor of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences building (SBSC 208).

Major and Minor Requirements in Political Science

Interested in earning a B.A. in Political Science, or a minor? Want to know what classes to take? Select the link below to get started:

2013 Major Guide for Major and Minor of Political Science

Course Descriptions

For an updated list of Political Science course descriptions, select the link below:

Political Science Course Descriptions (Updated Fall 2013)