Political Science

Bachelor of Art in Political Science

Are you interested in pressing cultural, political, and social issues such as health, the environment, and civil rights? If so, political science can prepare you to become informed and engaged citizens and professionals of the United States and the world.

Political science is a vast academic discipline that analyzes the world of politics and government. A B.A. in political science integrates perspectives and methods from the humanities and the sciences to examine the process, systems, and political dynamics of all countries and regions of the world. Students in political science may learn about American government, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, and public law. In addition to the knowledge and theories they learn, students also gain analytical, methodological, and communication (written and oral) skills.

Political science graduates are equipped for a wide range of exciting careers such government, law, non-profits, international organizations, business, campaigns and elections, education, journalism and polling, and public and private research think-tanks. In any of these careers, Auburn political science graduates can use their passion for and knowledge of political science to play an active role in the formation of government that allows society to exist and cultures to expand.

Learn more about the path towards a degree and career in political science from the Career Center’s Pathways.

Minor in Political Science

A minor in political science requires 15 hours in political science (not including POLI 1090 or 1020). At least 9 of these hours must be at the 3000 level or above. In selecting courses for the minor, students must take at least one course in two of the following areas:

  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Public Administration
  • Public Law and Conflict Resolution
  • American Politics
  • Political Thought

For more information about Political Science

Political Science Program Website


Careers in Political Science

  • Public Policy
  • Regional Planning
  • City or Town Management
  • Legislative, Executive, or Judicial Services
  • Program Administration
  • Community Affairs
  • Social Services
  • Law Enforcement
  • Research
  • Intelligence
  • Foreign Service
  • Law Enforcement
  • Law
  • Elected or Appointed Leadership
  • Campaign Management
  • Staff Administration
  • Special Interest Advocacy
  • Political Advising
  • Lobbying
  • Ethics and Anti-Corruption
  • Human Rights

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
Core Humanities23Electives3
LBAR 2010 Liberal Arts Careers Preparation (new course from CLA)2POLI 3000 Political Science Research Methods I3
 15 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
Electives6Electives6
 UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 15 15
Total Hours: 120
1

POLI 1050 is recommended.

2

If Literature requirement was completed prior to Fall 2013, Core Humanities 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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Last Updated: June 22, 2016