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College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts (BA), Political Science

Program Overview

The Political Science program will prepare you to thrive in the future as a principle-driven leader in a global society. Our program examines forms of national, state, and local government, as well as their constitutional underpinnings. You’ll learn the qualitative and quantitative research methods used in political science and study key legal and ethical concepts. You’ll be equipped to think, communicate, and behave within multicultural environments. You’ll be prepared to pursue a career as a lawyer, judge, magistrate, surveyor, cartographer, government staff member, or economist. You could also teach history or science courses, or become a political activist, advisor, or analyst.

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Program at a
Glance

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

120

DETAILS

Total Credit Hours: 120
Program Type: BA
Location: Seated (Main Campus)
Time to Complete: 4 years (8 semesters)
Start Date: Fall: August | Spring: January
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Why AU?

Ready for the next chapter in your academic, professional, and spiritual life? Whether you are graduating high school or pursuing a master’s or doctorate degree, we invite you to be a part of one of the top regional universities in the South (U.S. News & World Report). Come discover why the Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc. identified Anderson University as one of the top-ranked, most affordable colleges in the country. Take the next step in your journey of academic excellence today.
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The Knowledge You Will Gain

You’ll focus on political processes, research methods, and political thought and analysis. Studying political processes helps you understand complex social structures, which in turn helps you think, communicate, and behave within multicultural environments. Research is a key function of many jobs related to political science, so you’ll learn how to gather data and analyze and use statistics. Political thought and analysis will help you understand the motivations behind political behavior and, in a broader sense, human behavior.

Career Outlook

Having honed both your analytical and communication skills, you’ll be able to use your political science degree in a wide range of fields. Recent trends show a large number of political science and government graduates working in job categories as varied as lawyers, judges, magistrates, and other judicial workers; surveyors and cartographers; and economists. You might also find yourself working in secondary education or at a university teaching history or social science courses. In politics, you can deploy your skills as an activist, advisor, or analyst. In government service, you may work on the staff of an elected body or government agency charged with enacting, enforcing, or interpreting public policy. A bachelor’s degree in political science can also lead you to law school or a graduate degree in the social sciences or history.

Starting Salaries

Public Relations Manager: $129,430 Political Scientist: $128,020 Lawyer: $126,930 Postsecondary Political Science Teacher: $83,770 Public Relations Specialist: $67,440 Recent national median salaries source: Bureau of Labor

 

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Knowledge You’ll Gain

You’ll focus on political processes, research methods, and political thought and analysis. Studying political processes helps you understand complex social structures, which in turn helps you think, communicate, and behave within multicultural environments. Research is a key function of many jobs related to political science, so you’ll learn how to gather data and analyze and use statistics. Political thought and analysis will help you understand the motivations behind political behavior and, in a broader sense, human behavior.

Career Outlook

Having honed both your analytical and communication skills, you’ll be able to use your political science degree in a wide range of fields. Recent trends show a large number of political science and government graduates working in job categories as varied as lawyers, judges, magistrates, and other judicial workers; surveyors and cartographers; and economists. You might also find yourself working in secondary education or at a university teaching history or social science courses. In politics, you can deploy your skills as an activist, advisor, or analyst. In government service, you may work on the staff of an elected body or government agency charged with enacting, enforcing, or interpreting public policy. A bachelor’s degree in political science can also lead you to law school or a graduate degree in the social sciences or history.

Starting Salaries

Public Relations Manager: $129,430 Political Scientist: $128,020 Lawyer: $126,930 Postsecondary Political Science Teacher: $83,770 Public Relations Specialist: $67,440 Recent national median salaries source: Bureau of Labor

 

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Anderson University is a national leader in higher education in its use of technology to support and enhance all aspects of its core function—teaching and learning, which has led to the institution being recognized as an Apple Distinguished School since 2014. Through Anderson’s Digital Learning Initiative, Anderson has provided all of its residential undergraduate students and select graduate program students with an iPad Air and Apple Pencil. The mission of transforming learning experiences and preparing students to serve their communities and careers in the twenty-first century is enhanced through mobile devices developed by Apple.

Admission Requirements

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Previous Degree Required

No previous degree is required to enroll in this program.

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Transcript Requirements

Official high school or GED transcripts will need to be submitted as part of the application process for this program. Transfer students must submit official transcripts from their previous school.

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Additional Admission Requirements

Two essays (prompts) OR Official SAT, ACT, or CLT scores

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Application Deadline

Anderson University has a rolling admission process (students are notified when the are accepted whenever that is during the year) but students are encouraged to apply by the following dates: December 1st for the best scholarship consideration and no later than July 1st to begin in the fall semester.

More Information

I-20 Approved: Yes
I-17 Approved: No
Non Degree Option Available (Minor): Yes
Program Director:
Roger Flynn
Breakdown of Credit Hours:
41 Credit Hours – University Core Requirements | 12 Credit Hours – Political Science Major Core Requirements | 21 Credit Hours – Political Science Major Electives | 3 Credit Hours – Cognate Course Requirements | 43 Credit Hours – General Electives
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