ABOUT POLITICAL SCIENCE

Program Overview

The department develops general competencies in students that will allow them to continue their education in either graduate or professional schools. The mission of the Department of Political Science is to develop general competencies in students that will allow them to continue their education in either graduate or professional schools upon completion of their undergraduate studies. Political Science courses are designed to stimulate students to be better citizens through an understanding of the working of the American and other political systems.

Courses
Courses

"a young black woman holding books"

Careers

The Political Science program is designed to prepare students for entry-level professional public service positions; including the areas of law, business, journalism, politics, political consulting, public policy analysis, international affairs and education.  Graduates learn how to evaluate individual and group behavior in political systems.  Public service opportunities (local / state / federal) are also a focus for career opportunities.  The program also prepares students for graduate work leading to research, teaching and administration on all levels of education.  The training can also lead to other non-traditional career avenues including campaign staff, advocacy initiatives, issues analyst, and foundation / non-profit engagement.

"a black man standing in front of American flag"
"a picture of Barber Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs students and faculty"

Faculty

The Department of Political Science has an extraordinary faculty with a wide range of research and teaching interests.  They are committed, not only to advancing the understanding of political processes, and to helping the students prepare to engage those processes, but also to expanding the realm of democratic politics through research, teaching and service to the community.

 

Faculty
Faculty
DEGREES
POLITICAL SCIENCE

Emergency Mgmt. and Homeland Security

The program provides students with a broad range of administrative skills and knowledge needed to meet the critical needs of emergency managers and administrators. The mission of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security program is to create graduates with extensive theoretical and applied knowledge in emergency management and disaster research….

Learn More
Learn More

Political Science (B.A.)

The mission of the Department of Political Science is to develop general competencies in students that will allow them to continue their education in either graduate or professional schools upon completion of their undergraduate studies. Political Science courses are designed to stimulate students to be better citizens through an understanding of the working of the American and other….

Learn More
Learn More

Executive Masters of Public Administraion

The eMPA Program’s mission is to identify and recruit individuals for executive educational training to meet the growing demand for mid-career professionals in the public sector but wish to pursue an MPA degree, but cannot physically attend classes in person. Through online delivery of advanced skill concepts, offered by a Master of Public Administration program….

Learn More
Learn More

Public Affairs (B.S.)

The mission of the Public Affairs program is to prepare students for professional public sector positions as well as prepare them for graduate education in Public Administration and other related academic disciplines. Public Affairs is a multi-disciplinary course of study which prepares students for leadership roles in local, state, national or international agencies of government….

Learn More
Learn More

Masters of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program has as its purpose the preparation of professionals for immediate upward mobility in professional careers in public sectors or for graduate study where the nature of the profession requires the master’s degree as the entry criterion. Its greatest single asset lies in its potential to alleviate the shortage of professionally educated persons, especially….

Learn More
Learn More

Objectives

  • To provide students with essential knowledge and understanding of the dynamics related to the State of Texas, national, and international political systems and their relationships to these systems.
  • To provide students with an in depth understanding of the American political system.
  • To develop problem solving skills and competencies in students that will translate to various work settings.