Political Science

As a political science major, you will hone the writing, communications, and analytical skills that are critical to success.

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Political Science, B.A.

Explore the institutions of government, the political process, and global affairs as a Political Science major in the College of Liberal Arts at MTSU. Cultivate skills in research, analysis, and communication, as well as critical thinking and creative collaboration with others, as you pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science.

The Political Science major combines classroom learning with practical training through fieldwork, internships, student organizations, and competitive intercollegiate academic teams like Mock Trial and Model United Nations. The department also organizes workshops and sponsors speakers on political topics, including an annual lecture sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society.

MTSU's proximity to the state capital provides unique opportunities like paid internships with Tennessee's legislature. Students also enjoy hands-on training and career placement through internships with area law firms, political campaigns, and nonprofit organizations, and the Department of Political Science and International Relations helps to place students in internships in Washington, D.C.

Experienced faculty members guide students toward professional careers and lifelong engagement with politics at every level, from the local to the global. Students who major in Political Science can choose a general focus or a concentration in Public Policy and Management, Pre-law, or Teaching Licensure.

No matter what the focus, students interested in government, politics, and the law will find exciting opportunities for learning and career preparation with a Political Science major at MTSU.

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A bachelor’s degree in Political Science helps students prepare for a wide range of careers in areas including: 

  • Government 
  • Education 
  • Law and legal services 
  • Public service 
  • Public affairs 
  • International affairs 
  • Nonprofit foundations for research  
  • Non-governmental organizations 
  • Health care administration 

Programs in Political Science also help students establish foundations for more advanced degrees, including master’s degrees in public policy, public administration, international affairs, and of course, law degrees. Political Science graduates also use their skills in the private sector, especially in the areas of international business, trade, labor, and government relations. 

Employers of our alumni include: 

  • Alkermes (biopharmaceutical company), in policy & government relations 
  • American Chamber of Commerce Qatar 
  • Association of American Medical Colleges 
  • Austin Peay State University 
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis 
  • Graham Insurance, Inc. 
  • Institute for Energy and the Environment 
  • Kaiser Permanente Southern California 
  • Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 
  • National University, Vice Provost  
  • New York County District Attorney's Office, Assistant District Attorney 
  • Notgrass Company, producing textbooks for homeschoolers 
  • Response America, copywriter 
  • Sales and Business Development for HB Litigation Conferences 
  • SALT International 
  • Tennessee Municipal League 
  • The Equity Alliance, community manager 
  • U.S. Air Force, program manager and business analyst 
  • U.S. Congress, Congressional Staffer
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture 
  • U.S. Department of Defense 
  • U.S. Department of State 

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