About Pols

The Department of Political Science offers courses in Political Science (POLS) and Public Affairs (PA), as well as two undergraduate degrees, the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Political Science and the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Public Affairs, and one graduate degree, the Master of Public Administration (for information on the MPA refer to the Public Administration program).

Happening Now – New  Degree: Emergency Management & Homeland Security (BS)

On June 13, 2013, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)approved at the staff level the request from Texas Southern University to create a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Emergency Management and Homeland Security (43.0302.00). Degree Webpage below. Updated July 20, 2013.

Degree Programs

Emergency Management and Homeland Security (B.S.)

Emergency Management and Homeland Security (B.S.)

Program Overview


The Emergency Management and Homeland Security program provides mutual benefits for both TSU and the community it serves. This program fits into TSU’s mission providing “academic and research programs that address critical urban issues and prepare an ethnically diverse student population to become a force for positive change in a global society.


The Overall Educational Objectives for the program are as follows:

  • To provide students with a broad range of administrative skills and knowledge needed to meet the critical needs of emergency managers and administrators.
  • To develop management, legal, and behavioral skills for career advancement for students already working in the emergency management field.
  • To create interdisciplinary relationships.
  • To increase public education and awareness on emergency management.
  • To provide opportunities for students to pursue careers and environment for further study.
  • To prepare students with an understanding of preparation, mitigation, response, and recovery, of a disaster.


The degree of EMHS (BS) 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 while ensuring our students understand and fully incorporate the issues of social justice and equity as they strive to build the knowledge and skills in Emergency Management and Homeland Security.


Graduates of EM programs are widely employed by local, county, state, and federal government agencies (including FEMA and Homeland Security). Job opportunities within nonprofit organizations, private companies, institutions, and hospitals. Other employers who deal with disaster contingency planning and continuity of operations: Medical facilities, international, businesses, universities, financial institutions, retail sector, political conventions, marathons, food services, critical infrastructure, and transportation