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 into 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 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 planning to pursue law school, or another doctoral program, 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, American and world politics, public administration or international relations, these respected faculty members will not only bring expertise to their classrooms, they will also help you build your resume to be more competitive when you graduate.

What to expect

Students who go through TROY’s political science program develop their competency and expertise to contribute to the world and thrive in the global economy. This is done through exposure to interdisciplinary learning, writing and research skills and knowledge of the political world. These essential skills will help students understand the contemporary commercial, governmental and cultural environment. As part of this program, students will choose a concentration in American politics or international relations. 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 2018 the national median salary for political scientists was $117,570 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