Bachelor's Degree in Political Science

Department of Political Science

Degree: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science
Major: Political Science
Hours: 120

Political Science Bachelor Degree

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Degree Descriptions

The Lamar University Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science offers a course of study in government, the most important decision-making part of society, and of the social, economic and other institutions and practices that influence this decision-making process. As a liberal arts discipline, this program promotes analytical skills and critical thinking. You are encouraged to reflect not simply on your career goals, but also on what type of person you hope to become and on your rights and duties as a citizen.

The Lamar University Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science provides rigorous training in social scientific methodology and equips you to study and produce empirical research about politics and its subfields: American politics, international relations, comparative politics, public administration and public policy.

Why Study Political Science at Lamar?

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science at Lamar University prepares you for various careers in for-profit and nonprofit entities as well as public sector organizations. Your career options would include business, law, consulting, state, local, and federal government, journalism and communications, international organization, finance, political campaigns, interest groups, community service and non-governmental organizations and pre-college and college teaching.

You'll graduate with some foundational skills that could lead to work in activism, lobbying, politics and political movements, and for seeking elective or appointive governmental positions.

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science at Lamar University offers several courses of study in which you can focus strictly on political science or obtain teacher certification or pre-professional training for legal studies and/or a law degree.

Career Paths

Career opportunities and salary estimates for political science graduates run a spectrum that is as broad as the curriculum that you study. You will graduate with a versatile degree that could take you into a career in law and legislation, journalism, teaching or public service. One interesting article at explores the opportunities available to political science majors and, of course, you should communicate clearly with your advisors about how to tailor your undergraduate program for the professional outcome you desire.

Primary Careers

Teacher, attorney, consultant, advocate

Career Areas

  • Government
  • Law
  • Public service
  • Policy
  • Public relations
  • International relations
  • Journalism

Median Salary


Types of Employers

  • Law firms
  • Corporate, mid-level and small businesses
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Government agencies, all-levels
  • Schools and universities
  • Research institutions

Meet the Faculty

Faculty Member NameDr. Bianca Easterly
Assistant Professor
Faculty Member NameDr. Thomas Sowers
Associate Professor
Faculty Member NameDr. Maria Elena Sandovici
Associate Professor
Faculty Member NameDr. Brian Williams
Assistant Professor