Political Science - American Politics and Public Administration

About the Political Science Program

The purpose of the undergraduate program in political science is to provide knowledge and skills necessary to prepare individuals for: (1) entry level leadership positions in government service, public management, or the military; (2) a sufficient level of academic skills necessary to gain entry into and succeed in advanced, graduate study in the field of political science or post-graduate professional education, such as law school; and (3) work in a position in the private sector, such as journalism, communication, and business where knowledge of politics, public policy or governmental relations is of particular importance.

A world of opportunity 

TROY’s political science program is split in to two concentrations—American politics and public administration and international politics—that will provide you with critical thinking skills necessary to thrive in the political, commercial, educational and government worlds. This expertise has given some graduates opportunities to move into government work in Washington, D.C., go into state or local government and work for political campaigns. This program also provides a great foundation for those going on to law school or into other doctoral programs while others focus on developing their writing and research skills to work as journalists or in other enterprises.

Students graduating with a political science degree are qualified to work in the following areas:

  • foreign service
  • government work
  • international security
  • journalism
  • law
  • nonprofits
  • private-enterprise businesses

Dedicated to your success

Led by a group of committed and experienced faculty members, TROY’s political science department helps prepare students for fulfilling careers in the field they enjoy. Whether you’re dreaming of a future in law or within the fields of American and world politics, public administration or international relations—just to name a few—these respected faculty members will not only bring expertise to their classrooms, they’re also available to help you build your resume to be more competitive when you graduate.

What to expect

Students who come through TROY’s political science program will develop your competency and expertise to contribute to world and thrive in the global economy. This is done through your exposure to interdisciplinary learning, writing and research skills and knowledge of the political world. These are essential skills for anyone who wishes to understand the contemporary commercial, governmental and cultural environment. As part of this program, you will choose a concentration in American politics or international relations that will allow you to specialize in the area that most interests you. TROY also provides an ambassador-in-residence program that allows you to spend a week with a retired American diplomat.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2016 the national median salary for political scientists was $114,290 annually. Typically, students who wish to work in government go on to earn a master’s degree in public administration. Students wishing to pursue advanced military careers or exciting jobs with U.S. government agencies go on to earn a master’s degree in international relations. Both of these degrees are offered at Troy University.

 

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Program Locations

  • Troy Campus
  • TROY Online