Political Science, Public Administration, Health Administration

Undergraduate degrees offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Political Science
    Undergraduate Advisor, Gail M. Holmes, e-mail: gmh0003@auburn.edu
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Public Administration
    Public Administration Major Director and Associate Professor, Dr. Kathleen Hale, e-mail: halekat@auburn.edu
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Services Administration
    Health Administration Advisors:
    Dr. Mark Burns, email: burnsma@auburn.edu for students with initials A-M,
    Jennifer Johnson, hindmjl@auburn.edu for students with initials N-S,
    Dr. Rene McEldowney, email: mceldrp@auburn.edu for students with initials T-Z
    Health Administration web site

Students wishing to declare or switch to Health Services Administration must complete the Political Science Department Change of Major Verification Form and submit it and a current unofficial transcript to the Department Office, 7080 Haley Center. Students will be notified by e-mail.

Dr. Gerard Gryski, Chair, e-mail: nyyanks@auburn.edu

Department of Political Science
7080 Haley Center
phone: 334-884-5370
fax: 334-844-5348

Careers for Political Science Majors

Many occupations today require a college educated individual who can write and speak well, solve problems, learn new information quickly and work well with others on a team. This means that college graduates use their education in a wide variety of fields, and your future career may relate more to your personal career interests, work values and transferable skills than any specific academic major. However, the following list contains a representative sample of job titles of former graduates with Political Science major. Use this as an idea list, and remember that it represents some, but certainly not all, of the careers you might consider.

Students obtaining employment immediately upon graduation are usually those with the best college records and a willingness to relocate to find a job. Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelors’ degree.

Career Titles for Political Science Majors

  • Account Executive
  • Account Service Rep
  • Advocate
  • Archivist
  • Association Manager
  • Attorney
  • Broadcast Journalist
  • Business Development
  • Buyer
  • Campaign Manager
  • City Manager
  • Community Relations Director
  • Congressional Aide
  • Congressional Researcher
  • Consultant
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Environmental Policy Analyst
  • FBI/CIA Agent
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Government Intelligence Analyst
  • Historic Preservationist
  • Historic Site Interpreter
  • International Banker
  • International Business
  • International Organization Official
  • International Trade Specialist
  • Labor Organizer
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Legal Assistant
  • Legislative Analyst
  • Lobbyist
  • Management Analyst
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Media Analyst
  • Newspaper/Magazine Journalist
  • Paralegal
  • Peace Corps/Vista Worker
  • Political Pollster
  • Politician
  • Presidential Advance Person
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Public Administrator Manager
  • Public Opinion Interviewer
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Radio/TV Announcer/Producer
  • Real Estate Agent/Broker
  • Researcher
  • Sales Manager
  • Social Services Administrator
  • Social Worker
  • Special Interest Group Director
  • Teacher
  • Underwriter
  • Urban/Regional Planner
  • Writer/Author
 

Curriculum Guides

Curriculum in Political Science

POLI 1090 American Government with a C or better is a prerequisite for some higher-level political science courses. A score of 4 or higher on the AP American Government test satisfies the prerequisite requirement. Contact the department chair or program coordinator for further information.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
POLI 1090/1097 American Government in Multicultural World3Foreign Language II (College Core)4
Foreign Language I (College Core)4Core Social Science13
Core Math3Core Science I4
Core History3 
 16 14
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Core Literature3Course from Group 2 - Distribution Requirement33
Core Science II4Core History to complete sequence3
Core Fine Arts3COMM 1000 Public Speaking43
Approved Humanities Choice23Electives3
Electives3POLI 3000 Political Science Research Methods I3
 16 15
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Course from Group 1 - Political Thought33Course from Group 2 - Distribution Requirement33
Course from Group 2 - Distribution Requirement33Course from Group 3 - Concentration Requirement33
Electives 9Electives9
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Course from Group 3 - Concentration Requirement33Course from Group 3 - Concentration Requirement33
Courses from Group 4 - POLI Electives36Courses from Group 4 - POLI Electives36
Electives6Electives5
 UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 15 14
Total Hours: 120

1

POLI 1050 is recommended.

2

One Core Humanities choice must cover SLO 3.

3

Students must see their advisers to identify approved courses for Groups 1, 2, 3, and 4.

4

COMM 1000 fulfills SLO 7.


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Curriculum in Public Administration

 

POLI 1090 American Government with a C or better is a prerequisite for some higher-level political science courses. A score of 4 or higher on the AP American Government test satisfies the prerequisite requirement. Contact the department chair or program coordinator for further information.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
Foreign Language I (College Core)4Foreign Language II (College Core)4
Approved Humanities Choice (PHIL 1020 preferred)13Core Science II4
Core Science I4POLI 1090 American Government in Multicultural World3
 14 14
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Core History3Core History to complete sequence3
Core Literature3Course from Group 1 - Quantitative Methods24
Core Mathematics3POLI 1050 Global Politics and Issues or ECON 2020 Principles of Microeconomics3
Core Fine Arts3COMM 1000 Public Speaking33
Elective3Elective 3
 15 16
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
POLI 3250 Introduction to Public Administration3POLI 3260 Organization Theory3
POLI 3270 Policy Process3Course from Group 3 - Conflict Resolution23
Course from Group 4 - Cultural Diversity23Electives9
Electives6 
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
POLI 4140 Public Finance3Course from Group 2 - Government and Administration23
POLI 4160 Public Personnel Administration3Group 5 - Public Law23
Course from Group 2 - Government and Administration23Electives9
Electives7UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 16 15
Total Hours: 120

1

One Core Humanities choice must cover SLO 3.

2

Students must meet with their advisers to determine approved courses for Groups 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

3

COMM 1000 fulfills SLO 7.


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Curriculum in Health Services Administration

Students are admitted into Health Services Administration by application only. For admission into the HADM major, students must have completed 30 semester hours of course work, have earned a minimum 2.3 GPA in a list of specified courses. See the department chair or program coordinator for further information.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3Elective23HADM 2103 Medical Terminology3
Foreign Language I (College Core)4Select one of the following:33 
COMM 1000 Public Speaking13
PHIL 1010 Introduction to Logic
  
MATH 1680 Calculus with Business Applications I or 1610 Calculus I4
PHIL 1020 Introduction to Ethics
  
 
PHIL 1030 Ethics and the Health Sciences
  
 
PHIL 1040 Business Ethics
  
 ENGL 1120 English Composition II3 
 Foreign Language II (College Core)4 
 14 13 3
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Core History3Core History to complete sequence3
Core Literature3ACCT 2210 Principles of Managerial Accounting3
ACCT 2110 Principles of Financial Accounting3Core Science II4
Core Science I4ECON 2030 Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 2020 Principles of Microeconomics3HADM 3000 Gateway to Health Care Administration3
 16 16
Junior
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
HADM 3700 Health Law3Elective 23HADM 4920 Internship46
HADM 4200 Health Care Insurance and Reimbursement3FINC 3610 Principles of Business Finance or 3810 Foundations of Business Finance3 
PSYC 2010 Introduction to Psychology or SOCY 1000 Sociology Global Perspective3ENGL 3080 Business Writing3 
MNGT 3100 Principles of Management or 3810 Management Foundations3HADM 3300 Health Care Policy3 
 HRMN 3420 Human Resource Management3 
 12 15 6
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
HADM 4000 Developing Care Organizations3Select one of the following:4
HADM 4880 Health Information Technology3
STAT 2010 Statistics for Social and Behavior Sciences
 
Health Administration Seminar class53
STAT 2510 Statistics for Biological and Health Sciences
 
Fine Arts Core3
STAT 2610 Statistics for Business and Economics
 
 Health Administration Seminar class53
 HADM 4950 Capstone Seminar3
 MKTG 3310 Principles of Marketing or 3810 Foundations of Business Marketing3
 UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 12 13
Total Hours: 120

1

COMM 1000 fulfills SLO 7.

2

Students should meet with their advisers to determine appropriate electives.

3

These courses fulfill SLO 3.

4

Students must complete all prerequisites before being approved to enroll in an internship. Students should meet with the departmental adviser for more information.

5

Students should see the departmental adviser for a list of approved classes.

 

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Last Updated: March 13, 2014