Political Science

Actively engage in the public sector with a Political Science degree.

At Park University, our Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree program provides students with the opportunity to become informed and participative citizens who can help cope with problems in modern politics. The degree also seeks to prepare well-rounded students for both careers in the public sector and further study in graduate school.

Locations & Learning Options

As a student in our Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree program, you will take face-to-face classes at our Parkville, Missouri campus. Select courses also are available online.

The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree requires a minimum of 122 completed credit hours, including 36 hours of degree-specific core curriculum and approved electives, depending on your concentration, all designed to help you develop strong analytical skills. Refer to your catalog for a complete listing of coursework for this degree.

  • Parkville, MO
  • Parkville, MO
  • Online

B.A. MAJOR – 36 HOURS, 2.0 GPA

PO 200 American National Government ……………. 3 cr.

PO 210 Comparative Political Systems ……………….. 3 cr.

PO 216 International Relations …………………………. 3 cr.

PO 220 History of Political Philosophy ………………. 3 cr.

PO 405 Senior Thesis ………………………………………. 3 cr.

PO 450 Internship ………………………………………….. 3 cr.

Students must select either Concentration A: American Politics -OR- Concentration B: International Politics

Concentration A: American Politics ………………………….. 12 cr.

PO 304 Constitutional Law ……………………………… 3 cr.

PO 310 Parties and Elections ……………………………. 3 cr.

PO 323 Congress and the Presidency …………………. 3 cr.

PO 340 Public Policy ………………………………………. 3 cr.

Concentration B: International Politics …………………….. 12 cr.

PO 320 American Foreign Policy ………………………. 3 cr.

PO 338 Politics of the Developing World ……………. 3 cr.

PO 344 War and Terrorism ………………………………. 3 cr.

PO 345 International Organizations ………………….. 3 cr.

Any six additional hours of PO courses ………………………….. 6 cr.

Senior Examination

Student must pass a comprehensive examination in Political Science.

TOTAL ……………………………………………. 36 cr.

MINOR – 18 HOURS, 2.0 GPA

PO 200, PO 210 plus twelve additional hours in Political Science.

Scott A. Hageman

Associate Dean
scott.hageman@park.edu

Dr. Debra Sheffer

Associate Dean & Department Chair
debra.sheffer@park.edu

Dr. Matthew Harris

Program Coordinator
mharris@park.edu

Gain analytical and critical thinking skills to prepare for a career in the public sector.

As a student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree, you will develop analytical skills while learning how to become participative citizens and actively engage in modern politics. Through hands-on learning and practice, students will become active participants in the political landscape.

Because of its diverse nature, this program prepares you for a variety of career paths. Political science majors may pursue careers in private and public-sector organizations, including careers in business, law, state, local and federal government, journalism, international organizations and finance, political campaigns, interest groups and associations, and teaching. Whatever your unique interest is, you’ll be able to incorporate it into your political science career.

Careers

Our programs will prepare you for many different career options, including:

  • Political Consultant
  • Teacher
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Public Relations Consultant
legislative buildings
students in front of Park arch

Program Highlights

While pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree, you may choose from one of two areas of concentration to study: American Politics or International Politics, depending on your area of interest. You will also have an opportunity to develop your research skills through your senior thesis and experience the practical application of the skills you have learned in the classroom through an internship.

Faculty

At Park University, our faculty members hold a Ph.D. in Political Science. We are committed to helping you gain the knowledge and skills to pursue a career or graduate study in political science.


 

Dr. Matthew Harris

Assistant Professor of Political Science
mharris@park.edu

Dr. Jack MacLennan

Assistant Professor of Political Science
jmaclennan@park.edu

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Park University’s degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.