Study the policies and behavior that govern our society and culture in the University of Central Missouri’s Political Science bachelor’s degree program. This versatile degree pairs well with many of UCM’s undergraduate degree, minor and certificate programs to create a wide variety of opportunities for grad school and careers in political science-related fields.
Choose from one of four subfields to specialize in:
Online classes in UCM’s undergraduate Political Science degree program
At the University of Central Missouri, our Political Science Bachelor of Science 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 International Human Rights, Administrative Law, International Law, Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations, Public Administration, Municipal Administration and Principles of International Development.
4 subfields to specialize in
3+3 program pathway to law school
Internships at Missouri State Capitol
Advanced Model United Nations Room
All classes taught by JDs and PhDs
1-on-1 interactions with small classes
Our Political Science degree program courses are taught by award-winning, tenured faculty who are experts in their fields. As a Poli Sci major, you’ll enjoy upper-level classes of only 15–20 students. This means you’ll benefit from robust discussions, hands-on activities and personalized attention that can bring forth your strengths, enhance your learning experience and offer opportunities for you to stand out.
Our program faculty also actively conduct and publish research in international relations, American law, globalization, voter behavior, legislative politics, international development, Middle Eastern politics and security issues. Outside the classroom, they offer mentorship and guidance in choosing your specialty, preparing for law school, finding your career path and more.
Regardless of which Poli Sci degree subfield you specialize in, you will gain a foundational understanding of core concepts, ideologies and theories, as well as how to critically assess scholarly research. You’ll also develop the communication, analytical, leadership and problem-solving skills you need to get and succeed in political science jobs.
Our undergraduate Political Science degree program offers a wide variety of electives to choose from based on your interests and passions. Explore diverse topics such as:
While earning your Political Science bachelor’s degree, you can gain real-world experience and apply knowledge you learn in the classroom in a variety of ways such as:
UCM’s Political Science degree prepares you for a wide range of careers in public service, government, private and nonprofit sectors, education, law and more. Start in an entry-level job right out of college or prepare for grad or law school to enhance your Political Science bachelor’s degree.
Poli Sci majors have been accepted into graduate programs at Georgetown University, University of Missouri and University of Missouri-Kansas City, among others.
Our alumni are impacting public policies and communities throughout Kansas City; St. Louis; Columbia; Washington, D.C.; New York and more. These are just a few of the agencies, businesses and organizations that employ graduates from the University of Central Missouri’s Political Science Bachelor of Science program — some were even founded by our Poli Sci graduates:
A versatile degree for a variety of career options
Explore the future possibilities with a Political Science degree. The interactive tool below allows you to gain insights on career fields, job titles, income-earning potential and more — in Missouri and throughout the United States.
The University of Central Missouri offers many options for financing your education and was recognized by LendEDU as a top-ranked university for low student debt. You can apply for federal grants, scholarships and university-wide financial aid.
Beyond general need and merit-based scholarships available through the university, several scholarships are available specifically for students in UCM’s Political Science bachelor’s degree program. These include:
Each year, approximately $10,000 in scholarships are awarded exclusively to Poli Sci majors.
Make yourself more marketable.
Adding a minor to your major can help you develop a specialized area of expertise and make you more competitive in the job market. UCM’s Political Science Bachelor of Science degree pairs especially well with: