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Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Political Science

Study the Nuances of Politics and Society

A field of great breadth and variety, political science gives you a lens to understand almost all aspects of our society, from the economy to the environment.

Through a broad-based liberal arts education, majoring in political science at UT Tyler improves your writing and analytical skills. In the process, you develop the habits and techniques employers look for — strong communication, innovative problem-solving and teamwork.

Select from Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science formats based on how you intend to apply your knowledge.

Why Major in Political Science at UT Tyler?

Think about how you can shape society, from developing programs and policies to campaigning during election cycles. In preparation, political science majors learn to apply theories to real-world events. At the same time, students gain transferable communication and analytical skills that apply to several career paths.

Political science students benefit from:

  • Expert Faculty: In small class sizes, learn from and interact with engaged professors recognized in their respective fields. Many of our faculty influence the discipline as published authors of articles and books, including What is Global Studies-Theory and Practice, Political Change in the Texas Electorate, Edward Said on the Prospects of Peace in Palestine and Israel, Bill Ratliff-A Profile of Courage and Leadership in American Politics, U.S. First Ladies and Buddhism in Burmese Politics.
  • Study Abroad: The UT Tyler Political Science curriculum is flexible, and with careful planning, you can study abroad. The department offers annual travel-study opportunities in many exciting places around the world. In recent years, our students studied in Cambodia, England, France, Germany and Vietnam. Studying abroad is a great way to satisfy part of your political science major or minor requirements. Scholarships are available for study abroad programs through the department, the UT Tyler Office of International Programs and national organizations. Research these opportunities early!
  • A Sweeping Focus: Master the political institutions of Texas and the United States and explore the intricacies of international relations and foreign policy.
  • Complementary Minors: Minor in pre-law, international relations, international studies and terrorism studies to refine your career path.
  • Model United Nations Program: Learn from accomplished diplomacy and policymaking leaders in our award-winning Model United Nations Program while developing knowledge regarding international relations issues.
  • Archer Fellowship: The Honors College selects two UT Tyler students each semester for the Archer Fellowship, where they intern in Washington, D.C., at the White House, Department of Justice, Department of State or the House of Representatives. Political science majors are frequently chosen to participate in this enriching opportunity.
  • Undergraduate Research: Undertake research assignments designed to deepen your understanding of national and international political thought.


Delve into such areas as contemporary political thought, Southern politics, theories of nonviolence, political behavior, American politics in mass media, the politics of Latin America, international conflict and the principles of public and political leadership.

All political science majors take a minimum of 36 credit hours in their major, of which 30 must be in upper-division courses.

The Bachelor of Arts in political science requires at least four semesters of a single foreign language or a satisfactory grade on a written examination. The Bachelor of Science in political science involves six credit hours from economics, geography and/or computer science in addition to lower-division preparation.

Political Science Major Requirements

What Can You Do With a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science?

A political science degree opens doors to a broad range of careers, including government, public service, business and law. And, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics notes the field’s growth, projecting 7% more roles by 2032. Current professionals see median salaries of $128,000 a year.

Job titles include:

  • Campaign Manager
  • City Manager
  • Diplomat
  • Domestic and International Consulting
  • Elections Official
  • Foreign Affairs Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Lobbyist
  • Nonprofit Administrator
  • Policy Analyst
  • Politician
  • Polling Analyst
  • Research Analyst
  • Social Media Coordinator
  • Teacher
  • University Professor

Some of our undergraduates also work at UT Tyler in various higher education positions. Graduates of our master’s program teach at Trinity Valley Community College, Tyler Junior College, Kilgore College and other colleges in Texas.

How to Apply

The University of Texas at Tyler offers a streamlined admissions process for all undergraduate students. Have questions or concerns? Our admissions team can guide you through all requirements and answer any questions you may have. Reflecting our reputation as one of the most affordable colleges in the state, our financial aid team helps you explore all scholarships, grants and other forms of assistance.

For admissions decisions in general:

  • UT Tyler automatically accepts students from the top 25% of graduating classes in Texas.
  • Students from the 2nd to 4th quartiles must have a 2.75 or higher GPA.

Ready to apply? Review all undergraduate requirements to get started.

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UT Tyler has established partnerships with community colleges across Texas, allowing for a seamless transfer of your credits. Our relationships let you stick with your degree plan and graduate on time, right on your schedule.

Learn More About Transfer Pathways

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Complete a master’s degree on top of a bachelor’s in political science with one additional year. Admitted students take nine credits of graduate coursework during their senior year and must obtain a grade of “B” or higher in all graduate-level classes attempted during their senior year to continue on to the master’s program.

Learn About the 4+1 BS/MS Program

July 1

ApplyTexas application opens for incoming first-year students.

July 15

Deadline for fall Talent Scholarship application.

October 1

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid opens for the upcoming academic year.

December 1

Application deadline to be eligible for scholarships. Deadline for spring Talent Scholarship application.

April 15

Deadline for summer Talent Scholarship application.

May 1

Deadline for Valedictorian, Salutatorian and Transfer Presidential scholarships.

August 1

Deadline for Patriot Promise Scholarship.


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The best part of the Model UN program at UT Tyler was the amazing leadership and support from the Department of Political Science and History and the lifelong friendships and contacts I made along the way. The experience and education I attained through Model UN was truly invaluable. Students learn public speaking skills, research methods, international relations, team building and dozens of other skills that have proven valuable in academia, the workforce and in my personal life.

Danielle Guerra

BS in Political Science, 2020

Next Steps

Expand your leadership skills and prepare for an enriching career. Take the next step with a bachelor’s in political science from UT Tyler.