Political Science and International Studies
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Political Science

The political science program at Georgia Southern prepares students for active roles as citizens of the state of Georgia, the United States and the world. Studying the interplay of political institutions and the principles, organization and methods of government, political science majors gain a sound understanding of the United States government and the Georgia government and are introduced to theoretical themes and global issues. Students may select from a variety of options for individualized study.

The Department of Political Science offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Minor in Political Science. View the degree requirements for both below.

What will I learn in political science programs?

  • Students to the basic framework of the American political system with a course in American government and to contemporary political issues and problems in the introduction to political science areas.
  • Courses in national politics educate students about American political thought, political parties and elections, political media, the U.S. Constitution, U.S. foreign policy and the American presidency. Classes are also offered in African-American politics, gender politics, and political film.
  • Students interested in state and local government can learn more about public administration and research methods and take specialty seminars such as Southern politics or environmental policy.
  • Students can learn about international relations in classes that focus on international law, international organizations, international political economy, international terrorism and U.S. foreign policy.
  • In preparation for application to law school, political science majors can also take a two-part course in constitutional law and a course in judicial politics taught by experts in the field or attorneys who are practitioners in the local legal community.

Enhance your political science education at Georgia Southern

  • Join the Political Science Club
  • Join the Political Science Honor Society Pi Sigma Alpha
  • Become a part of Model U.N.
  • Complete an internship (e.g.. Eagles in D.C. Legislative Internship)
  • Join a study abroad program
  • Participate in research with a professor
  • Write for a campus publication
  • Develop skills in computers, statistics and data analysis

What can I do with a degree in Political Science?

Political science majors are in demand in fields ranging from government service to education, and nonprofit agencies to media outlets. An undergraduate degree in political science is also an excellent preparation for application to graduate programs in law or public administration. Summer internships provide valuable real-world experience for careers or graduate study as do projects that take students out into the community to conduct surveys, interview decision-makers and observe social problems and political problem-solving.

Areas of Political Science

American Politics, International Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Theory

Employers: Federal, State and Local Government; Staff of State or National Officials; National and State Legislators; National Committees of a political party; Pubic Interest Advocacy groups; Campaigns (national, state, county or city)

Careers: CIA Agent, City Planner/Manager, Congressional Research Service, Diplomat, Environmental Policy Analyst, Federal State Agency Employee, Foreign Affairs Specialist, Foreign Service Officer, Government Relations Manager, Grassroots Organizer, Intelligence Specialist/Analyst, International Organization Advisor, Lobbyist, Political Consultant, Public Policy Analyst, Trade Policy Analyst, United Nations Liaison, White House Advisor

Areas of Journalism/Broadcast Journalism

Editing/Reporting, Research, Circulation, Sales, Production

Employers: Large circulation newspapers, local newspapers, wire services, trade newspapers, major television networks, public television stations, national radio networks, state/regional radio networks, medium/small market radio stations, independent radio syndications, bloggers/online publications

Careers: Editor, Journalist, Media Specialist

Areas of Law

Lawyer, Legal Assistant, Paralegal

Employers: Law firms, corporations, state and local government, private practice, public interest agencies

Careers: FBI Agent, Juvenile Justice Specialist, Paralegal

Areas of Business (For Profit or Nonprofit)

International/National Marketing/Sales, Human Resources, Advertising, Public Relations, Banking/Finance, Retail, Administration, Management

Employers: Business firms, nonprofit organizations, foundations, professional associations, interest groups, charities

Careers: Budget Analyst, Corporate Social Policy, Development Director, Event Planner, Information Technology Officer, International Business Analyst, Multinational Corporate Advisor, Nonprofit Employee, Non-Governmental Organization Advisor, Public Affairs Specialist, Public Relations

Areas of Education

Employers: Public schools, private schools, colleges and universities

Careers: Education Policy Analyst, Peace Corps Worker

“Politics is the art of the possible, the attainable — the art of the next best.”

Otto van Bismark

Last updated: 3/11/2020

Department of Political Science • PO Box 8101 • Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-5698 • politicalscience@georgiasouthern.edu