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Bachelor of Arts
Political Science: American Government (B.A.)
Studying Political Science will help students understand the functions of political systems and how governments operate at local, state, national, and international levels.
BYU-Idaho students stimulate a State of the Union address in a political science American government class.
Gain Hands-On Experience
A major in Political Science is perfect for students who love to be actively engaged in the political world. This degree involves the study of government policies, the function of governing institutions, and the interconnections of political parties. Political Science majors can emphasize their studies in Foreign Affairs, American government, Public Policy, or Public Administration.

The American Government emphasis is available to students who wish to concentrate on the American political process. This includes the study of national politics, including the three branches of government, state and local political institutions, public opinion, and voting behavior.

Highlighted Career Paths

Graduates with a degree in Political Science, with an American Government emphasis, have a wide array of rewarding careers before them. Check out some of the top careers students get with this degree or explore more career options in I-Plan.
Legislative Director
Legislative Directors work in the offices of Congress to help teams develop public policy. They move agendas forward, plan initiatives, and supervise the staff.
A lot of Political Science students continue their education in law school. Political Science students are prepared with essential research, communication, political, and analytical skills necessary for law.
Political Science majors will be prepared to negotiate with officials and influence policy for their employers. A career in lobbying doesn't require a graduate degree.
Policy Analyst
Policy Analysts study political systems to understand historical trends and predict the outcome of specific policies. They closely monitor political events and trends to write forecasted reports for government agencies and political platforms.
Political Consultant
Political Consultants help political campaigns make decisions on field strategy and voting efforts. They organize advertising efforts to elevate their candidate and political party.
City Planner
City planners decide where to place a community's streets, buildings, businesses, and homes. They work with local governments and companies to make those decisions.

Getting Started in this degree

If you are interested in Political Science and American Government, start with one of the following major-specific courses

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