College of Education and Liberal Arts

Political Science

The Political Science Program at A&M-Texarkana offers a Bachelor’s degree and a minor.  The Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science provides an accessible and broad education for students preparing for careers in applied politics and law, public administration, teaching, or research.  The program includes the fields of American (U.S.) Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, Public Administration, and Public Law.  The political science faculty and curriculum represent a cross-section of the various substantive and methodological orientations within the discipline.  The university library currently has extensive holdings in all fields of Political Science.  The Department is a member of the American Political Science Association.

What is Political Science?

Political Science involves the systematic study of theories, institutions, laws, structures, patterns, and relationships that relate to citizenship, resource allocation, and power.  It is a discipline distinguished by its diversity and relevance to the modern world.  Political scientists attempt to describe and explain the wide range of political systems using a variety of analytical techniques.
 
The discipline prepares its students for active citizenship and a variety of career paths by training them to become good observers of political behavior.  The American Political Science Association lists the following most common career options for Political Science graduates: federal, state and local governments; law; business; nonprofit associations and organizations; international organizations; campaign management and polling; journalism; pre-college education; electoral politics; research; and university and college teaching.
 
An education in Political Science exposes students to the issues over which people struggle and disagree not only in the United States, but also in other countries.  Students learn about the latest research findings on elections, executives, parties, legislatures, judicial systems, public opinion, public administration, international organizations, and other aspects of politics.  Students also acquire a better understanding of the way public affairs are conducted and a practical knowledge of how citizens, elected representatives, judges, and administrators approach the decisions they are called upon to make.
 
The Political Science Program currently offers a Bachelor’s degree and a minor.  It has a semester internship program, extensive library holdings, and faculty and curriculum that reflect a cross-section of the various substantive and methodological orientations within the discipline.