West Texas A&M University

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Political Science Program

Political Science 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Assistant Account Executive
  • Account Service Representative
  • Assistant Buyer
  • Campaign Staffer
  • Congressional Research
  • Government agencies
  • Teacher
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Legal Assistant
  • Lobbyist
  • Management Analyst
  • Foreign Service Operator
  • Media Analyst
  • Paralegal
  • Peace Corps/Vista Worker
  • Political Pollster
  • Politician
  • International Trade Specialist
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Reporter
  • Social Services Administrator
  • Writer/Author

PLAN OF STUDY

Political Science (B.A.) Degree Checklist & Curriculum Guide 

Political Science (B.S.) Degree Checklist & Curriculum Guide

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

    • Informed and savvy citizenship
    • Critical thinking about politics and political ideas
    • Comprehend major political philosophies and theories by explaining and assessing these theories in written and oral presentations and examinations
    • Demonstrate a knowledge of the principles of scientific inquiry and of the fundamentals of research design and empirical analysis by classifying and assessing statistical data
    • Understand the assumptions, methods, and analytical approaches used by the discipline of political science
    • Understand politics and the political system of the United States and other countries
    • Process daily accounting transactions, journals, and ledgers and handle other entry-level accounting functions
    • Communicate professionally, both in person and in writing
    • Problem solve

DEGREE OPTIONS/FUTURE ACADEMIC PATHS

Graduates earn either a B.S. or B.A. in the major. This means you can choose either: 

a bachelor of science (six additional course hours in math or science)

OR

a bachelor of arts (you earn eight credit hours of a foreign language, e.g., Spanish reading, writing, and speaking).

 

 

CAREER CLOSE-UP

Median wage (TX) - $65,500
Median wage (US) - $107,420

Average entry-level wage for College of Education and Social Sciences graduates - $26,000

Prerequisites

  • Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
  • Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Mathematics to solve problems.
  • Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

PROGRAM COSTS

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Internships

Internships are an excellent way to gain experiential knowledge in the field. They are also a great way for you to see first hand aspects of the life of politics.