Study the policies and behavior that govern our society and culture in the University of Central Missouri’s Political Science BA program. Housed in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, along with the Political Science BS, this versatile liberal arts degree is both broad and focused, opening a wide variety of opportunities in grad school and jobs for Poli Sci majors.
As a Political Science major, you can specialize in one of four subfields:
Online classes in UCM’s Political Science Bachelor of Arts program
UCM’s Political Science BA degree program offers many courses online to help you complete your coursework in a way that fits with your schedule. Examples of online courses for Poli Sci majors include Administrative Law, Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations, International Human Rights, International Law, Municipal Administration, Principles of International Development and Public Administration.
4 subfields to specialize in
3+3 political science pre-law pathway
Advanced Model United Nations Room
Missouri State Capitol internships
PhDs & JDs teach Poli Sci major classes
Small class sizes with 1:1 interactions
Regardless of which area you specialize in, you will gain a broad, liberal arts education in writing, history, philosophy, foreign language and more. The University of Central Missouri’s Political Science Bachelor of Arts program is designed to develop your analytical, communication, leadership and problem-solving skills while building your understanding of core concepts, theories and ideologies in political science. This combination strengthens your global view while preparing you to succeed in jobs for Poli Sci majors.
With a wide variety of electives to choose from, you can enhance your Political Science major coursework by exploring additional topics that you’re interested in. These are just a few of the many electives you could take:
In your upper-level classes, you’ll enjoy robust discussions, hands-on activities and personalized attention in smaller groups of 15–20 Political Science majors. This can enhance your learning experience, bring forth your strengths and help you stand out.
UCM’s Political Science BA program courses are taught by award-winning, tenured faculty who are experts in their fields. Their teaching and research interest areas range from American law, legislative politics, voter behavior and security issues to globalization, international development, Middle Eastern politics and international relations. Beyond classroom instruction, they mentor and guide Poli Sci majors to help you choose your subfield, explore political science pre-law school opportunities, define your career path and more.
While earning your Political Science BA degree, you can gain real-world experience and apply knowledge you learn in the classroom in a variety of ways. These are just a few examples:
The Political Science Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Central Missouri can lead you to an entry-level job right out of college or prepare you for grad or law school. Poli Sci majors have been accepted into graduate programs at University of Missouri, University of Missouri-Kansas City and Georgetown University, among others.
Our undergraduate students often choose to go down the political science pre-law path,
but jobs for Poli Sci majors can also include education, government, public service,
private and nonprofit sectors and more. Some even start their own businesses.
We have alumni throughout St. Louis; Kansas City; Columbia; Washington, D.C.; New York and beyond. These are just a few examples of where they’re impacting communities and influencing public policies:
A variety of career options from one versatile degree
Explore the future possibilities with a Political Science BA using the interactive tool below. You’ll gain insights on salary potential, job titles, career fields and more — in Missouri and throughout the United States.
From federal grants and scholarships to university-wide financial aid, you have many options for financing your education at the University of Central Missouri.
In addition to merit-based and general need scholarships, you may qualify for several scholarships specifically for students in UCM’s Political Science BA program. These include:
Make yourself more marketable.
Adding a minor such as one of these to your Political Science major can help you be more competitive in the job market with a specialized area of expertise.