About The Department
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.
Emergency Management and Homeland Security (B.S.)
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
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 political systems. It concentrates a focus on the institutions and processes of political systems that exercise power. It also includes studies of justice issues and the many ways in which the use of political power advances toward its achievement.
Three objectives are prominent in the realization of this mission:
- 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.
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.
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.
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, non-profit organizations and the private sector.
The objectives of the Public Affairs program are:
- Improve analytical and leadership skills essential for a public service professional in various aspects of
public management, politics, public policy analysis, public planning and budgeting.
- Develop professional research, writing, communication and organizational skills.
- Develop the ability to engage in in-depth analysis and independent thinking and exercising initiative.
- Develop the ability to evaluate individual and group behavior in political systems to be leaders and managers of public organizations.
The Public Affairs program is intertwined within the Department of Political Science with a highly regarded, well connected faculty with scholarly interest in public policy, organizational behavior, law, public administration and international policy.
The study of public affairs is concerned with the formation and administration of the managerial policies of public, private and non-profit agencies involved in public sector governance. The Public Affairs curriculum focuses on issues such as public resources, budgeting, public
accountability and the description, analysis, solutions and synthesis of contemporary managerial problems in governance. Areas of career focus can include corporate public affairs, corporate government affairs, market research analyst, political action committees, legislative issues aides, corporate social policy analyst, foreign relations,
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 those from minority groups, in local, state, national and international public service.
The program prepares professionals to resolve the increasingly complex problems of managing urban growth. The curriculum objective responds to the increasing importance of planning and management as major instruments in improving and developing solutions to problems of cities and metropolitan regions. The program seeks to give students a balanced inventory of conceptual, quantitative and professional skills. View the Program Brochure
Executive Masters of Public Administration
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Program Specific information please contact:
Richelle N. Jones, J.D.