Bachelor's in Political Science

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Why Study Political Science? 

With a political science degree, your options are endless—not only in public office or working on a legislative staff, but in advocacy, election systems, consulting, public policy, advertising or foreign service. With hands-on learning experiences like internships, academic teams and research opportunities, you’ll be prepared to make lasting real-world change.  

What You'll Learn 

Our leading-edge curriculum provides you with new perspectives on the legislation, policies, trends and political ideas that impact our daily lives. You’ll learn about other governmental systems around the world and how they interact with each other. This knowledge will open doors in fields like advocacy, public relations, government service, national intelligence, history, journalism, law or education.

Program Details

A Bachelor’s degree prepares you for a rising career and for future graduate study by emphasizing clear communication, critical thinking, and a leading-edge understanding of your chosen field. View the core requirements and electives needed to earn a Bachelor's in Political Science from Columbia College.

A Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science require slightly different coursework. A Bachelor of Arts allows you to take more classes in the humanities, specifically foreign language. A Bachelor of Science requires more courses specific to your major.

  • Courts and the Law 
  • International Relations 
  • The Presidency 
  • Comparative Politics 
  • Public Policy 
  • Campaigns and Elections 
  • State and Local Government 
  • Political Philosophy 
  • Foreign Policy

Pair your degree with a related minor or explore your other interests without taking on a full course load.

Careers & Outcomes 

Political science is the study of who gets what, where, when and how. These decisions are impacted by laws, elections, lobbies, foreign policy, the Constitution and other factors—a fascinating mix of powerful forces.  

Your career path may take you directly into the world of politics through seeking public office or working on a legislative staff. Or you may enter via advocacy, election systems, consulting, public policy, advertising or foreign service. Your degree also prepares you for graduate or law school. 

Some possible paths include: 

  • Public official 
  • Teacher/professor 
  • Lawyer 
  • Journalist 
  • Foreign service officer 
  • Business executive 
  • Social services

Flexible Education

Columbia College Global offers traditional classroom instruction for many courses at nationwide locations. Students at nationwide locations are expected to engage with multiple learning methods, including online and virtual while completing their degree. Columbia College offers on-campus programs with traditional classroom instruction at the Residential Campus in Columbia, Missouri.


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