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Political Science

Bachelor of Arts Degree

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There is more to political science than determining the winner of the next election. Careers for graduates from University of Central Missouri's Department of Government, International Studies, and Languages vary from law and politics to positions in government service, education, military, journalism, public administration and private industry.

Political science programs at UCM offer a balanced curriculum of classroom studies and practical experience. The undergraduate programs are broad and include courses in areas such as national and state government institutions, international relations, political parties and interest groups, public law and the judicial process, comparative government and politics, as well as political theory, public opinion, public policy, international law, foreign policy, data analysis, public administration, constitutional rights and municipal politics and administration.

About the Faculty

Political science courses are taught by experienced and dynamic faculty members who believe in individualized attention for their students. This personal approach is enhanced by UCM's 18 to 1 student-faculty ratio. Upon declaring a major in the Department of Government, International Studies, and Languages, students may request that a faculty adviser personally assist them in planning their program. In addition to a wide range of academic and professional experience, all of the department's faculty members have earned doctorates in their fields. Faculty members stay current with their profession through research, writing and participation in regional, national and international conferences.

Student Involvement

Political science students have many opportunities to become involved on Central Missouri's campus, including membership in the Students for Political Action, an organization that helps members further their professional interests, and the Pre-Law Student Association, an organization that helps members prepare for law school. Qualified students may also pursue membership in Pi Sigma Alpha, the department's honor organization in political science. Students who are active politically may want to join the College Democrats or College Republicans, organizations that develop political awareness and stimulate interest in governmental affairs. The department also offers internships to qualified political science students, allowing them to gain practical experience working within various governmental and political units. Stipends are provided by some participating agencies.

Career Services

UCM's Office of Career Services assists students seeking internships, summer and campus jobs, part-time, and full-time employment. They also provide assistance with writing cover letters and resumes and offer a career library, mock interviews, and career counseling. The office also serves representatives of business, government, industry, and education who are looking for prospective employees. Over 700 employers visit UCM each year to conduct interviews on campus. Career Services may be reached at 660-543-4985 or Visit their website at

Scholarships & Financial Aid

UCM's Student Financial Services Office offers nearly $7 million in merit-based scholarships each year to students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, special talents, or potential in a specific field of study. The primary mission of the office is to help students and their families identify and apply for appropriate financial resources to help pay the educational and living expenses they'll incur to attend UCM. Student Financial Services may be reached at 660-543-8266 or visit their website at

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