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Political Science BS


Prepare for Careers in Public Service

Have you ever wondered how government impacts your everyday life?

Are you passionate about issues such as national security, education, health, or environmental policy?

Do you want to learn about governments in other parts of the world, or grapple with vexing issues such as terrorism and globalization?

If so, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science will help you develop the communication, analytical, leadership, and problem-solving skills to succeed in the classroom and on the job market. A Bachelor of Science in Political Science prepares students for a wide range of careers in business, campaign management, education, federal, state, and local government, interest groups and non-governmental organizations, law, and public and international affairs.

  • Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
  • Globalization and International Organizations
  • War, Political Violence, and Terrorism
  • Campaigns, Elections, Political Parties, and Interest Groups
  • Refugees, Migrants, and Trafficking
  • The Powers and Responsibilities of the President
  • Global Economics and International Development




"What can I do with Political Science"

Did you know that the U.S. Government is the largest employer in Kansas City? Or that employers demand the kind of analytical, communication, leadership, and problem-solving skills that Political Science teaches? UCM's Political Science program prepares students for a wide range of rewarding careers.


Become Active and Engaged at UCM



Internships are a great way to gain knowledge and experience beyond the classroom. Political Science students have an opportunity to intern in places such as the Missouri State Capitol and the International Relations Council of Kansas City among other organizations. An internship at UCM gives students the real-world experience that employers want.

Contact the Internship Coordinator

Mock Trial

Join Mock Trial

Prepare for a career in law by joining the Mock Trial Team. UCM's Mock Trial Team travels throughout the Midwest to attend competitions and is one of the top teams in the region. Political Science students who compete with Mock Trial enjoy great success when applying to law school. 

Contact the Mock Trial Team Coach

Model UN

Join Model UN

Join the Model United Nations student organization to learn about the United Nations and travel to conferences in places like Chicago and St. Louis to compete in diplomatic simulations. Students who join Model United Nations gain the leadership and teamwork skills that employers want.

Contact the Faculty Director for Model UN





"How can I set myself apart at UCM?"

Political Science students often complement their program of study with a minor. Whether you are interested in American politics, law, or international relations, we offer a variety of minors that will make you competitive on the job market by helping you develop a specialized area of expertise. 



Explore the World by Studying Abroad at UCM

Model UN

UCM Political Science students have an opportunity to study abroad all over the world. Political Science faculty lead annual study abroad programs to places such as Cuba, Tanzania, Jordan, and Israel. Students can study abroad for a summer, semester, or even just a couple of weeks. All students are eligible for grants that make study abroad opportunities affordable and accessible.



Political Science Prepares Students for Success

Model UN

Tomei P.

“The Political Science program at UCM helped me reach law school and find my area of emphasis. The law classes gave me a solid introduction to legal concepts that helped convince me to go to law school, the Mock Trial Team gave me invaluable practical experience, and the Middle East Beyond the Headlines study tour inspired me to explore immigration law. The Political Science program provided me with a multi-faceted education that helped me grow well beyond what I thought was possible. “


Noelle B.

"I was one of many students who took advantage of the unique study abroad opportunities offered by the department including trips to Cuba, Jordan, and Israel. These study abroad trips along with the unconditional support and invaluable resources provided by the professors within the Political Science/International Studies program motivated me to pursue a goal I never imagined actually achieving: a Fulbright grant to teach in Mexico." 


Luis D.

“The UCM Political Science program presented me with unique opportunities during my four-year tenure, including experience in the Missouri State Senate. My professors encouraged debate of diverse opinions and taught me how to successfully defend my own – which has helped shape my experience in the current political climate I encounter working in Washington, DC. “



"The Political Science faculty at UCM was always dedicated to my learning experience and went above and beyond anything I could have ever expected. They helped me to secure an internship in Washington, D.C. that ultimately sparked my passion for public service and lead me to pursue a career with the federal government as a warranted Contracting Officer. The critical thinking abilities, writing skills, and worldly perspective I developed in the classroom gave me the confidence to take on the challenges of entering the workforce after graduation. The immersive leadership and academic experiences I gained put me well ahead of my peers and the Political Science faculty has turned me into a lifelong learner."

Alex Williams, '15, Political Science Major


Dr. Michael Makara
Associate Professor, Political Science
203 Wood Hall
Tel: (660)543-8321


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