Study issues that matter. Change the world.

Citizens look to government for action in particular areas, so the study of political science drives an understanding of why activity does or does not occur and whether there are systemic failures or failures of leadership. Political science tackles the major issues of our time including individual freedom, equality, democratization, national defense, protection of the vulnerable and protection of the environment. This is an ideal field for those who want to change the world.


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Bachelor of Arts in -

Political Science

The BA in Political Science provides students with knowledge about politics and policy while developing sought-after and transferable skills, such as information-gathering and processing, analysis, research, decision making, and oral and written communication. Areas of concentration include American politics, international and comparative politics, urban politics, public law, public policy and administration and gender and politics. In addition to formal coursework, internships are available providing students with the opportunity to apply classroom learning and gain practical field experience.

Outcomes and Career Outlook

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to explain the history, characteristics and impact of legal, economic and political institutions and systems; apply various methods, tools and sources to answer important policy and political questions; compare and contrast different ideologies, theories and interpretations of politics; assess political issues, formulate evidence-based recommendations and communicate them with clarity and coherence; and plan, execute and defend a major research project.

Employment of political scientists is projected to grow up to 7% to 2029, with a median annual salary of $68,537, according to wage and employment data from and O*Net OnLine.


Median annual salary


Employment growth by 2029

Career Opportunities

  • Campaign Staff
  • Corporate Governmental Affairs Director
  • Environmental or Social Policy Specialist
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Policy Analyst
  • Political Consultant
  • Research Analyst
  • Social Media Manager
  • Social Studies Teacher


Plan of study

All majors must meet the general education requirements of the university in addition to completing degree-specific curriculum requirements.

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Student organizations

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Honors College

The UMSL Honors College is a certificate program that can be paired with any major without adding extra classes or extending time to graduate. Classes in the Honors College are seminar-style, meaning that they are based in reading, writing, discussion, and critical thinking. This unique class format fosters an intellectual climate centered around democracy, diversity, civility and academic excellence.

Undergraduate research

We encourage and support students as they engage in exciting activities in and outside of the classroom that enrich their academic and professional understanding of their chosen area of study. All majors are encouraged to participate in Undergraduate Research and Scholarship to produce discipline-specific intellectual or creative innovations to their field.