Political Science BA / BS Degree

Gain Skills Essential for Law, Politics and Other Career Paths


Completing a bachelor’s degree in political science at The University of Texas at Tyler is excellent preparation for careers in law, political analysis, teaching, or working in local, state or federal government. Community organizations and electoral politics are additional options for majors in political science

  • Gain critical writing, communication and analytical skills that are in demand for any type of career pursuit.
  • Get up-close/in-depth experience in Washington, D.C., by applying for the Archer Fellowship, established by former U.S. congressman Bill Archer. Two exceptional UT Tyler students are selected each semester for this prestigious internship.

About one-third of political science majors enter law school, one-third choose careers in international relations and one-third become teachers. Graduates of the program are teaching at Trinity Valley Community College, Kilgore College and other colleges in Texas.

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Bachelor’s in Political Science: Engaging. World-Focused.

  • Take part in the Model United Nations program to address global issues in a real world setting.
  • Gain valuable experience before you graduate by completing an internship with elected officials in local, state or national politics. In recent years, UT Tyler students have worked with U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert and Texas Gov.Rick Perry.
  • Develop critical thinking skills that prepare you to analyze global political theories and correctly frame political discussions. Examine cultural and social diversity issues, and strengthen communication skills.
  • Undertake research assignments designed to deepen understanding of national and international political thought.
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Learn from professors who are recognized authorities in their fields and published authors of such books and articles as: The Quest for Power: World Politics in the 21st Century; Why Not Preempt? Security, Law, Norms and Anticipatory Military Activities; and Health Care Reform: Policy Innovations at the State Level in the United States.

Be mentored by faculty who have had solid career experience in such positions as legislative correspondent and legislative fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives. Many professors have been widely published on topics of national and international interest.

Benefit from small classes that permit your active participation and ensure one-on-one interaction with your professors.

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Political Science Courses: International Scope. Theory Based.

  • Model United Nations 

     Acquire knowledge of the historical development of international organizations. Understand the structure and purpose of the United Nations and its inner workings. Top students are chosen to go to New York City to represent UT Tyler at the National Model United Nations.

  • American Campaign Politics

    Undertake an analysis of the basic components of campaigns in the United States. Topics include: historical overview of elections, the electoral process, American voting behavior, the role of media, political parties and interest groups in campaigns, and the strategy and tactics of successful campaigns.

  • Jurisprudence 

    Examine the intellectual and philosophical foundations of jurisprudence from Roman law through English common law to contemporary legal philosophy. The course challenges students to recognize and confront different modes of legal thought.

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Meet a University of Texas at Tyler Graduate


Weighing the Options

“After graduating from UT Tyler with a bachelor’s degree in political science, I enrolled in the university’s graduate program. I’ve gained so much from UT Tyler’s programs, especially from my experience with Model United Nations.

"I competed in Model UN in New York in 2010 and in November of that year in the Czech Republic. Also through the Model United Nations program, I was able to represent the university on a 10-day travel study class in Turkey.

“My years at UT Tyler have really sparked my interest in international relations. My hope is to go on after graduate school and complete a PhD. Then, I’d like to either stay in education or work in international relations.

"I’ve realized with a degree in political science, my options are broad and I’ll have to evaluate each one to decide which way I want to take my career.”

Kenisha Schuster, Comanche, TX 
BS Political Science, 2010

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Career Outlook

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Career Outlook for Political Science

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job prospects for political scientists are expected to grow at a rate of 21% through 2022. While prospects for those with advanced education are best, a broad range of career fields is available with a bachelor’s degree in political science including law, journalism, international relations and politics. For more, visit Occupational Outlook Handbook - Political Scientists.

More about UT Tyler’s political science program of study

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