Majors & Minors in Political Science

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Programs of Study

The Department offers two degrees in Political Science:

  • Bachelor of Arts with a major in Political Science (Government)
  • Bachelor of Science with a major in Social Science and a concentration Political Science.


Political Science majors with specific career goals may concentrate their efforts in one of several special programs:

Pre-Law – Our Pre-Law track supplements Political Science curriculum with courses in Constitutional Law, British and American History, U.S. government, logic, public speaking, business, psychology, economics, and quantitative methods. The result of the program is a transcript that looks attractive to law school admissions officers and more importantly, the development of the reasoning, communication, and study skills essential for success in law school and the legal profession.

Public Administration - The Public Administration program supplements a Political Science major with courses in organizational, financial, and personnel management; it also includes classes in economics, public relations, and speech plus a political science internship. The concentration is open to all Political Science majors. Those completing the program are excellent candidates for our nation's public service jobs, and such individuals also possess the reasoning ability and communication skills highly desired by both business corporations and non-profit organizations.

International Studies - The International Studies program can be entered through a major in Political Science and is supplemented with courses in comparative government, area studies, international policy making, foreign languages, and multinational economics. This variant of the Political Science major would be very suitable for someone hoping to enter the foreign service or one of the federal intelligence agencies. The concentration would also be appropriate for individuals seeking a career in journalism or employment with a company that does business abroad. International Studies majors are encouraged to broaden their horizons through interning in foreign countries; our department majors have been able to spend a semester in such locations as Egypt, Great Britain, Italy, and Spain. Campbell recently inaugurated a Study Abroad program and students have participated in summer trips to Costa Rica, Germany, Great Britain and Italy.

All Political Science majors require at least 37 credit hours in the discipline.
All Political Science minors require at least 24 hours in the discipline.

Minor - Elective courses included in most of our majors also provide ample opportunity to pursue a minor in some other field of study. One of the more popular minors is Business Administration, which can be completed by adding to the two economics and mathematics courses required of most department majors another five courses in accounting and management. A recent national study recommended such a combination of a liberal arts degree and a business minor for all students considering a career in the corporate world, and one past dean of the University of North Carolina graduate school of business, a former IBM vice-president, recently recommended the liberal arts degree as the best degree for those hoping to pursue a career in business.