Bachelor of Science in Political Science

Gain skills that help in graduate school or to begin a career in government

Political science is one of the oldest academic disciplines. Yet, because it concerns both up-to-the-minute political issues and entrenched philosophical differences, it is as relevant and exciting as this morning’s breaking news. Frostburg State University’s bachelor degree in political science helps you develop an understanding of the theory, institutions and processes associated with politics in the United States, other nations and between nations. FSU’s location, so close to Washington, D.C., and Annapolis, Md, places it near the heart of our nation’s government, which provides you with extraordinary opportunities for internships and field experiences. Through your political science major you will develop excellent writing, analysis and research skills that will be an asset to you in graduate school, your career and throughout life.

  • Concentrate your political science studies in American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory or public policy.
  • Earn a certificate in public administration, if you wish.
  • Join other FSU political science graduates in pursuing such careers as working for U.S. senators and representatives, the CIA, Department of Justice or state governors – or use the program as a springboard to graduate school.
  • Political Science is also available as a minor.

Political Science Highlights:

  • Develop excellent critical thinking, research and analytical skills that will be an asset in graduate school and throughout life.

  • Complete an internship in the U.S. Congress, the Maryland General Assembly, local courts, public interest lobbying groups or the U.S. Department of State, if desired.

  • Join the FSU contingent to the Model UN in Philadelphia. FSU’s team has historically done very well in intercollegiate competition. Then have a hand in staging a subsequent model UN for local high school students on the FSU campus.

  • Participate in the Model Organization of American States with other FSU political science students. The simulation event, which takes place in Washington, D.C., includes role-playing as diplomats and political officials of the Member States of the OAS.

  • Join FSU’s Politics, Law and Society organization or the International Relations Club to discuss politics with other students and professors, hear guest presenters and have fun.

About Our Political Science Faculty:

  • Learn from faculty members who are creative educators committed to excellence in teaching.

  • Study in small classes that allow you to get to know your professors well and benefit from their broad experiences in the political science field, including working as staff in the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.

  • Engage with professors who are dedicated researchers and published authors on such topics as, “The Psychology of Lee Harvey Oswald.”

Sample Political Science Courses You May Take:

American State and Local Politics – Study local, county and state governments in the United States with an emphasis on Maryland. Understand the role of the states in the federal system.

Politics and the Middle East – Examine the political and economic development of modern Middle Eastern states. Topics include the impact of colonization, approaches to development and modernization, integration into the world economy, regional politics of inclusion and global exclusion.

American Public Policy – Apply analytical tools to American public policy areas. Compare strengths and weaknesses of markets and governments. Use different techniques for framing policy questions and explore current policy areas through simulations and analysis.

Find out more about Frostburg State University’s political science program requirements.

Career Outlook for Political Scientists:

Becoming a political scientist is just one of many possibilities for graduates holding a political science degree. A political scientist studies political policies and trends as well as government decisions and philosophies. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, graduates seeking a career in this field can anticipate job growth of 21 percent through 2022, which is faster growth than the average across all occupations. For more information, visit the US Occupational Outlook Handbook.

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