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Bachelor of Science
Political Science: Foreign Affairs (B.S.)
The study of Political Science gives students an understanding of the functions of political systems and how governments operate at local, state, national, and international levels.
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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 Foreign Affairs emphasis is available to students who wish to concentrate on comparative and international politics. This includes the study of the interrelationship of nations, international law, and international political economy. Different approaches to democracy and economic development are also studied.

Highlighted Career Paths

Graduates with a degree in Political Science, with a Foreign Affairs 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 with 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 outcome of certain 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 streets, buildings, businesses, and homes in a community. They work with local government and businesses to make those decisions.

Getting Started in this degree

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

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