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.
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.
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.
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.
“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. “
"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."
“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