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.

Political science majors often enter law school, choose careers in international relations and or 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.
  • 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 your communication skills.
  • Undertake research assignments designed to deepen understanding of national and international political thought.

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Political Science Courses: International Scope. Theory Based.

  • Model United Nations 

    Learn about the historical development of international organizations, and the structure and inner workings of the United Nations. Top students are chosen to represent UT Tyler at the National Model United Nations in New York City.

  • American Campaign Politics

    Undertake an analysis of the basic components of campaigns in the US. Examine the electoral process, American voting behavior, the role of media, campaign strategy and tactics, and more.

  • Jurisprudence 

    Examine the intellectual and philosophical foundations of jurisprudence from Roman law through English common law to contemporary legal philosophy.

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Political Science Faculty: Seasoned Educators. Dedicated Scholars.

--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'' and "Why Not Preempt? Security, Law, Norms and Anticipatory Military Activities.''

--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.

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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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