Political Science

Pathway Overview

Program Pathways are a series of courses and experiences carefully selected to help you earn your credential and prepare for your career or university transfer. Program Pathway Maps guide you through quarter-by-quarter coursework, indicate when you’ll need to complete important steps, and describe popular careers in this pathway. Some course sequences or recommended courses can be customized or adjusted by speaking with an advisor.


Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.

Political Science, as a discipline, seeks to use theoretical frameworks to assess the evolution of governments, states, and other institutions as they relate to complex problems in the field. We examine individuals as political actors who contribute to construction of political realities as they relate to individual identities through topics such as race, gender, and sexuality.

Political Science Courses Offered

  • Introduction to Political Science
  • American Government
  • International Relations
  • Politics of the Middle East
  • Minority Politics in the US
  • Women in Politics
  • Contemporary World
  • Political Economy

Political Science Organizations

Career Possibilities

Careers in political science include working in local, state, federal government as well as intergovernmental organizations (United Nations, WTO, IMF, etc.) and non-governmental organizations (Green Peace, Human Rights Watch, etc.). Other less obvious paths include working in public policy or through the Foreign Service Office. Students interested in domestic and international law often use political science as a prelude to law school. The critical thinking skills students acquire in political science prepares students for careers in virtually any field!


Thomas Esch 
University of Pittsburgh, Social Sciences M.A.T. 

Carl Livingston 
Notre Dame Law School, J.D.  
Oral Roberts University, B.A. History; Minor, Political Science