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.
Learn more from the Department of Political Science.
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.
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.
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.
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.