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History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences Contact

Department Chair:

Barbara Bonnekessen

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Contact Person:
Nancy Grantham

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Phone: 620-235-4325
Fax: 620-235-4338

Department of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences
412 Russ Hall
Pittsburg State University
1701 South Broadway
Pittsburg KS 66762

Political Science Program


What is Political Science?

Political science is, in one sense, an ancient discipline and, in another sense, one of the most recently developed social sciences. The origins of the study of politics reach back to the beginnings of human society, for men have always made observations about the nature of their government, the personalities of their leaders, and the consequences of their government's actions. Indeed, the Greeks argued that personal virtue required knowledge of and participation in the life of the polis.

It is also true, however, that political science as it is taught today is a very new discipline, one that has been developed primarily in the United States the past fifty years. During this period scholars have attempted to move from observations about politics to scientific observations about politics. This movement has been marked by a widespread effort to collect data about politics and governments utilizing relatively new techniques developed by all the social sciences. Its goal has been to describe and explain political phenomena with greater accuracy. In short, political science today is constantly seeking to make itself rigorous in its standards of scholarship, more demanding in its standards of proof, and less ethnocentric in its perspective of world politics.

Political Science Major and Minor

Grounded firmly in the liberal arts tradition, the political science program informs students about the place of politics in an ever-changing world. Student exposure to the purposes, organization, and operation of domestic and international political systems will translate into better informed citizens and consumers of political information.

As a Bachelor of Arts degree, the political science major requires students to take at least one year of a foreign language, along with 39-40 credit hours that include classes in statistics and macroeconomics, as well as core and elective political science courses. Majors interested in law school can elect an "emphasis" in legal education that will help prepare them for the LSAT and the rigors of law school. Students who want to minor in political science must take 21 credit hours in the discipline.

View the Political Science major Program Requirements, Program Guide, and Program Checksheet.

View the Pre-law emphasis Program Requirements and Program Guide.

View the Political Science minor Program Requirements and Program Guide.

Follow the menu items on the left for information about Political Science courses, faculty, students, and careers.

Pre-Law Advising Information (PDF)

Careers In Political Science

A bachelor's degree in political science can lead to exciting careers in federal, state and local governments; law; business; international organizations; nonprofit associations and organizations; campaign management and polling; journalism; precollegiate education; electoral politics; research and university and college teaching.

Political science majors gain analytical skills, administrative competence and communication abilities that are valued in a wide spectrum of potential career areas.

Examples of Careers for Political Scientists (The following are small sample of careers for political scientists):

Activist, Advocate/Organizer
Administration, Corp., Gov., Non-Profit, etc.
Archivist, Online Political Data
Budget Examiner or Analyst
Banking Analyst or Executive
Campaign Operative
Career Counselor
CIA Analyst or Agent
City Planner
City Housing Administrator
Congressional Office/Committee Staffer
Coordinator of Federal or State Aid
Communications Director
Corporate Analyst
Corporate Public Affairs Advisor
Corporate Economist
Corporate Manager
Corporate Information Analyst
Corporate Adviser for Govt'l. Relations
Corporate Executive
Corporation Legislative Issues Manager
Customs Officer
Editor, Online Political Journal
Federal Government Analyst
Financial Consultant
Foreign Service Officer
Foundation President
Free-lance writer
High School Government Teacher
Immigration Officer
Information Manager
Intelligence Officer
International Agency Officer
International Research Specialist
Issues Analyst, Corporate Social Policy Div.
Juvenile Justice Specialist
Labor Relations Specialist

Legislative Analyst / Coordinator
Management Analyst
Plans and Review Officer, USIA
Policy Analyst
Political Commentator
Public Affairs Research Analyst
Public Opinion Analyst
Research Analyst
State Legislator
Survey Analyst
Systems Analyst
University Administrator
University Professor
Urban Policy Planner
Web Content Editor