Political Science

About Political Science

Political science is the study of systems of government, politics, political behavior and public policies. Political scientists study the stages of government, the process by which political decisions are made and various matters that affect government behavior. Political science students at Valdosta State University focus on subfields of the discipline, including the American government and politics, comparative government and politics, international relations, political theory, public law and public administration.

Political Science at Valdosta State University

The political science program at Valdosta State boasts small classes and a diverse and knowledgeable faculty who have meaningful interactions with students. Students have the opportunity to hone their knowledge both in and out of the classroom and gain practical work experience through the Valdosta State Co-op Program. Student organizations geared toward political science majors include the Model United Nations, in which students can gain course credit and compete in regional and national competitions, along with the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Sciences. The department’s study abroad program to the Czech Republic gives students additional opportunities to study the discipline and broaden their horizons through historic site visits, weekend excursions, and courses on topics such as Czech history, politics, culture and the European Union.

Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Minors

  • Political Science

  • Public Administration

About the Political Science Curriculum

B.A.

Political science majors gain knowledge of the American political system on the federal, state and local levels, learn to analyze political behavior, hone their oral and written communication skills, and learn to use discipline-related tools and technologies. The curriculum includes a variety of courses, including domestic policy issues, the American judicial process and behavior, and international policy. Students who meet the academic requirements may qualify for the political science honors track. Political science graduates may consider careers in law, business, teaching, journalism and government and are also prepared to attend graduate programs in areas such as law and public policy.

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Minor in Political Science

Students in a variety of majors can benefit from a minor in political science. The minor is especially popular for students pursuing majors in English, criminal justice, history and sociology. Eighteen hours of coursework are required.

Minor in Public Administration                                                              

The public administration minor covers topics such as government regulations in defense, housing and environmental areas and is a good choice for students who are contemplating a career in government. Fifteen hours of coursework are required.

 

Careers*

  • Archivist
  • Banking analyst
  • Campaign advisor
  • Campaign finance advisor
  • CIA agent
  • City manager
  • Community relations director
  • Congressional aide
  • Consumer advocate
  • Customs officer
  • Diplomat
  • FBI agent
  • Federal government analyst
  • Federal investigator
  • Foreign services officer
  • Fundraiser
  • Government agency administrator
  • Government agency specialist
  • Housing manager
  • Immigration officer
  • Immigration specialist
  • Labor relations specialist
  • Lawyer
  • Legislative analyst
  • Lobbyist
  • Nonprofit administrator
  • Paralegal
  • Policy analyst
  • Political commentator
  • Political consultant
  • Political journalist
  • Pollster
  • Press secretary
  • Public affairs research analyst
  • Secondary school teacher

*Some career possibilities may require additional degrees or certifications.

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