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Bachelor of Science in Political Science
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Political choices at the local, state and federal level have an impact on nearly everything we do. Do you want to ignore the issues, or engage fully so you can ensure that future generations live in a better world?

One person can make a difference, whether you choose a career in government, law, politics, international diplomacy, nonprofits or the media. In this degree program, AUM’s Department of Political Science and Public Administration can help you explore the various dimensions of politics and its impact on the United States and beyond. You’ll learn in small classes from respected faculty members committed to providing you with the personal attention you need to succeed. You’ll work on group projects, complete independent research, and have opportunities for real-world work experience through internships.

In courses on American politics, you’ll learn about the complex relationship among Congress, the presidency, and other political institutions. In international relations courses you’ll begin to understand the dynamics of world politics. In comparative politics courses, you’ll explore the factors that make democracy more or less likely, how the transition to democracy can create instabilities, and how differences in countries’ electoral systems can lead to government instability. In public administration courses you will learn about the factors affecting the development and implementation of policies, and the roles of elected and appointed officials, bureaucrats, nonprofit administrators, and citizens in these policy processes.

While some AUM political science graduates launch a career after graduating with a bachelor’s degree, others attend law school. That’s because the study of political science emphasizes analytical and critical thinking, careful reading, and persuasive writing–all skills highly valued in the legal profession. We are extremely proud of our record in preparing students for admission to American Bar Association accredited law schools.

To help you pay for school, scholarships are available on a department level and at the university level.

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The Know How

What you will know with a Political Science degree from AUM

We Teach You How To Make Effective Arguments

The courses in this program help you reason persuasively, providing you with the skills to collect and analyze data, and develop and support logical explanations

We Give You Essential Skills

Surveys with employers tell us that writing, researching, presenting, and critical reading are important career skills for serious job candidates. You’ll start developing those and other skills as you launch a lifetime of learning.

We Help You Attain Your Goals

This program will help you prepare for graduate studies—should you choose to pursue them—advance in your career and have the best shot at advancement or leadership roles.

We Make You Career Ready

Through internship opportunities, experiential learning, hands-on assignments, and professional networking opportunities, you will be a very competitive job candidate.

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Points of Pride

  • Classes are small, so faculty will know you well and work closely with you.
  • This major culminates with a senior capstone seminar in which students explore a topic of interest in-depth.
  • Political science faculty are passionate teachers who bring their research and diverse experiences to the classroom. Examples include research projects in Europe and Africa, and working for the U.S. Congress.
  • Since Montgomery is the state capital, political science majors often complement their coursework with internships at state agencies, the City of Montgomery, the state legislature, lobbying firms, and nonprofits.

Soaring Warhawks

  • Christie Tarantino-Dean is Executive Vice-President and CEO of the Institute of Food Technologists, an international organization that works to create a “safe, sustainable, and nutritious” food supply for everyone.
  • Tim Ragland is the mayor of Talladega, AL.
  • Chris Searcy is a reporter for WDAF in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Clay Crenshaw is Division Chief of the Appellate Division in the Office of the Attorney General of Alabama.
  • Randy McNeill served as Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Trials and Appeals Division in the Alabama Attorney General’s Office and is now an attorney at the Webb & Eley law firm in Montgomery, Alabama.
  • Dr. Melissa Lumpkin is professor and chair in the Department of Public Health, Samford University.
  • The Honorable Tracy S. McCooey is a retired Montgomery Circuit Court judge.
  • Edin Mujkic went on to earn a Ph.D. from the Joint AUM-Auburn University Program in Public Administration and Public Policy and is an associate professor in the Department of Public Administration at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
  • Boone Kinard is the Executive Director of External Affairs, Alabama Community College System.
  • Ragan Ingram was Communications Director for the Office of Lieutenant Governor, and Assistant Commissioner and Chief of Staff at the Alabama Department of Insurance and now works at Windom, Galliher and Associates, a government relations firm in Montgomery.

Customize Your Concentration

  • Looking to enhance your criminal justice training for a robust and flexible career? A minor in Psychology orSociology could help.
  • Apply to the University Honors Program, a diverse community of students who take classes together, work on community service projects, and travel the U.S. and abroad.
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Rewarding Occupations and Job Growth

Through classwork and internships, our graduates are well prepared to read, write, analyze, argue, prove, and respond. These skills are vital in many career paths.

Check out our Career Discovery Board on this page to begin exploring your options. Contact us by phone or email so we can get you the answers you need.

In addition to university-wide scholarships, you could be a candidate for the Margaret V. Moody Endowed Scholarship, the Steven C. Williams Endowed Student Award or other scholarships.

With a Political Science degree, you will be ready to undertake a variety of career choices. AUM’s Career Development Center helps you jumpstart your job search and use your network to expand your career options.

Students seeking to continue their education in Law school are given dedicated resources that provide class schedule advising focused on career choice, assistance with graduate school applications, and more.

Degree Options

Is a Degree in Political Science right for me?

With this bachelor’s degree as your educational foundation, you have many career possibilities.

Career/Job TitleEntry-level EducationJob Growth 2020-2030Annual Median Salary
Writer/AuthorBachelor’s degree9% (As fast as average)$67,120
News Analyst, Reporter, and JournalistBachelor’s degree6% (As fast as average)$49,300
LawyerLaw school9% (As fast as average)$126,930
High School TeacherBachelor’s degree (with specialized studies in education)8% (As fast as average)$62,870
Political ScientistMaster’s degree9% (As fast as average)$125,350

Note: Salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education, training, demographics, and industry. Here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Quick Facts

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

At AUM’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, you will have powerful learning experiences, working side by side with professors who have real-world experience.

Our academic departments include Communication and Theatre, Criminal Justice, Economics, English and Philosophy, Fine Arts,  History and World Cultures, Political Science and Public Administration, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, and Army ROTC. To help you pay for college, you might qualify for one of our scholarships.

Official Name of the Political Science Degree

Bachelor of Science in Political Science

Modality

This degree requires students to meet on campus. Students in these courses enroll in a program to connect in a campus setting and to collaborate using a variety of technological and educational tools. Professors play an inspirational role in building relationships among teams and individuals in this setting. The criteria for many programs can only be met with In-Class coursework. Be sure to check with your advisor to understand the best route to take.

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Political Science

Required Courses

To complete this degree concentration, you will need to complete courses in the university core, Economics, and electives. Contact us for a current listing of courses required to complete this program.  

The course listings below are only a few of the classes this concentration requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor.

Course #Course NameCourse Description
POLS 2020Intro to American PoliticsIntroduces students to the key institutions and processes shaping the American political system, including the Constitution, the presidency, Congress, the judiciary, elections, parties, and the media. May be taught online.
POLS 2200Intro to International RelationsIntroduces students to a conceptual and analytical understanding of international relations. Focuses on the impact of sovereignty, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, international law, power, interdependence, globalization, and the prospect for cooperation and conflict.
POLS 3010Research DesignIntroduces students to strategies and methods of conducting research in the study of politics including topic selection, literature review, hypotheses testing, survey and archival research, and other components of political science research.
POLS 3450Comparative PoliticsAn examination of the institutions, political processes, functions, and problems of major contemporary political systems from a comparative perspective.
POLS 4952Senior SeminarStudents develop, research, write, and present an independent analysis of some political phenomenon. Topics and explanations are to be informed and guided by the relevant political science literature. Normally taken in spring of senior year.
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