Bachelor’s Degrees in Political Science

Political science is the thorough examination of politics, political systems and political behavior, and how these – and those who participate – affect both government and society.

What is this degree/program of study about?

The method of obtaining a bachelor’s degree in political science may vary by institution. Some classify the degree as a bachelor of arts, others a bachelor of science. In some cases, a joint BA/BS degree is available, as is a dual concentration BS in political science and public administration. In any case, a political science undergraduate program offers a broad course of study that centers on political behavior, power and authority, and conflict resolution on a social, governmental, and global scale.

What does it take to earn this degree, and what will it result in for graduates?

The length of study for a political science bachelor’s degree program generally reaches eight semesters, or four years. Once admitted, students will be exposed to such relevant subject matter as the study of comparative politics, political behavior, international relations, state and local government, environmental policies, and the American constitution, among other topics. Students will graduate with an opportunity to advance in the educational sector – earning their master’s degree before embarking on a career in higher education – or capable to serve society as political scientists. The median annual wage for political scientists is greater than $100,000, while the industry is slated to see 20 percent job growth through 2018 (BLS.gov).

Political Science Bachelor Degree Programs

Guide to Online Political Science Degree Programs

 Kaplan University BS: Political Science Kaplan University – Kaplan University Bachelor of Science in Political Science program teaches you how government and society are interconnected on every level. You will study the government's responsibilities and effectiveness, and explore how a country's citizens have the ability to influence and change their government. With a bachelor's degree in political science, you could gain a solid foundation for a wide range of careers in law, public and government service, national security, and education. Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
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Ashford University BA: Political Science BA: Military Studies BA: Social & Criminal Justice BA: Poli Sci & Government BA: Org Mgmt – Political Sci Ashford University – The Organizational Management program examines the human side of managing organizations, allowing for skill development in communication, group behavior, decision-making, human resource management, and ethics. Ashford offers a Bachelor degree program for Political Science, Military Studies, Social & Criminal Justice, Government, and Organizational Management. Ashford University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510-748-9001, wascsenior.org.
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Walden University BS: Poli Sci & Public Admin Walden University – Explore the interrelated elements that make a community viable and access the tools and resources for sustainable community development as you prepare for a career as a town manager, department head, or director of a social service organization with the BS Political Science & Public Administration from Walden. Prepare to advance your career and to meet this increasing need for public sector professionals as you gain the skills to translate public policies into effective programs and projects.
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Norwich University MA: Diplomacy Norwich University – Norwich University's MA in Diplomacy provides a comprehensive overview of theories behind international relations, international law, the world economy, international conflict, its management and its resolution, terrorism, and post-conflict nation building. You'll explore emerging aspects of international law, the controversy of globalization, multilateral diplomacy as a tool to avoid conflict, post-conflict governing recovery issues, the cultural impact of rebuilding societies, and many more issues of current global importance. Norwich University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
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