Political Science

Political Science (BA)

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USF’s Political Science program offers a broad, humanistic approach to the field, giving you a distinct advantage: By focusing on the large, essential issues that affect political systems, you will graduate with a diverse base of knowledge that will prepare you for active citizenship, as well as for a variety of careers.

Politics for the Greater Good

In keeping with the university’s Franciscan values you’ll explore the nature of politics through a citizen’s lens, learning about the potential for making a meaningful contribution to your community through informed decision making.

Our Political Science curriculum blends knowledge with practice. In addition to deepening your understanding of the American government, international politics, and constitutional law, you can apply your learning through a number of hands-on learning opportunities.

Faculty Expertise and Support

You’ll be taught and mentored by USF faculty, who are experts in their disciplines. Not only will you benefit from their knowledge and connections, but you’ll be supported by an advisor who knows your interests and goals!

Academic Plan

An academic plan is a general blueprint showing how one might complete the degree, semester by semester.

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Career Opportunities

The program’s liberal arts foundation will give you the skills employers seek most — writing, critical thinking, oral presentation, and collaboration — making you an outstanding candidate for a number of careers in government, non-profits, and the private sector, including:

  • Policy Analyst
  • State Legislative Aide
  • Agency Administrator
  • Journalist
  • Community Relations Director
  • Industry Representative
  • City Planner
  • Congressional Office/Committee Staffer
  • High School Government Teacher
  • Intelligence Officer

Did you Know?

Our Political Science program provides an additional focus on research and writing. The completion of a senior thesis will allow you to pursue your interests, as well as strengthen your candidacy for graduate or law school.

I feel it’s incredibly important, especially at this time in history, to study politics so we can have a legitimate rhetorical debate. I really appreciate the level of discussions we have in the classroom at USF. It’s an open and safe place even for difficult topics because we accept our differences and we are taught to learn from each other.

Arianne Hammond ’21
Political Science major

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Program Director

Thomas Schnieder Ph.D.
tschnieder@sf.edu
260-399-7700 ext. 8125