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Whether you wish to go to law school, or you want to manage a political campaign, the Political Science Department has the right emphasis for you. With strong faculty guidance and superior hands-on experience, you will be sure to have an edge over the competition when starting your career.The Department of Political Science offers one undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree program with several different concentrations, as well as certificate programs to hone your skills. Political science core coursework provides you foundational instruction in areas across the discipline, while the concentration allows you to focus your knowledge and skills on an area within the field most suited to your career goals and personal interests.Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, concentration in Pre-LawIf a career in law interests you, then you will want to be a part of the Legal Studies/Pre-Law Program. We offer a challenging academic program to prepare you for law school. Through lectures, seminars, mock trials, simulations and guest lecturers, you will gain a solid foundation of the legal system and issues. FHSU has a reputation as an excellent training ground for law school. Let us help you gain access to some of the top law schools, whether you want to study and practice in Kansas or elsewhere across the country. Many of our students have won full-ride scholarships and gone on to successful careers in the field of law. Learn more about the BA in Political Science concentration in Pre-Law, including the program of study.
A Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in Pre-Law is available completely online. To learn more about earning your Political Science with a concentration in Pre-Law degree online, please visit the Virtual College Web site.Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, concentration in Political ManagementPolitical campaigning is also a business that is growing by leaps and bounds. Hundreds of political consulting firms are hiring. Political parties and interest groups want experts in politics for their campaigning needs. Newspapers and television news networks need knowledgeable reporters to cover the political news of the day. Whatever part of the political process you’re into, we can help you prepare for a career in the thrilling world of politics. With courses in topics such as campaign management, fundraising, media and politics and others, the Political Management concentration trains you in the theory and practice of political campaigning in a hands-on environment with experienced professors and exciting courses. Learn more about the BA in Political Science concentration in Political Management, including the program of study.
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science concentration in International Relations/Comparative PoliticsInterested in better understanding international organizations, foreign policy concerns, and other of issues in world politics? Looking for a career with an international flair such as a position with the United Nations or State Department? Consider International Relations/Comparative Politics. International Relations/Comparative Politics strives to lay out a solid foundation for you to learn important research, and analytical skills that will help you achieve your career goals. We will ground you in the study of international relations through the study of nations, states, intergovernmental organizations and multi-national corporations. The International Relations/Comparative Politics concentration is designed to lay a solid foundation for your success either in graduate school or in the international relations field. Learn more about the BA in Political Science concentration in International Relations/Comparative Politics, including the program of study.
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, concentration in Public AdministrationIf working with a non-profit organization, or choosing from 15+ million governmental jobs at the local, state or federal level interests you, Public Administration is the field to choose. Public Administration prepares you for a multitude of careers in government by showing you how to manage nearly every aspect of public service at the federal, state and local levels, offering you the opportunity to help shape the future. Learn more about the BA in Political Science concentration in Public Administration, including the program of study.
A Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in Public Administration is available completely online. To learn more about earning your Political Science with a concentration in Public Administration degree online, please visit the Virtual College Web site.
Bachelor of General Studies, concentration in Political Leadership and Public ServiceIf you want a broader study of political science, you can obtain a Bachelor of General Studies with a concentration in Political Leadership and Public Service. The departments of Political Science and Leadership Studies have collaborated to offer an interdisciplinary program designed to produce students who possess the communication and analytical skills needed to be the next generation of civic leaders. Learn more about the BGS with a concentration in Political Leadership and Public Service or visit the Leadership Studies site for more information.
As a political science major, earning a certificate in a particular content enables you to specialize your degree program in one or more areas that interest you or give you additional education in coursework that meshes with your career goals. Or, if political science intrigues you, but you are limited by the requirements of another degree program, the certificate program allows you to broaden your perspective without greatly increasing your time on campus.
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Master’s of Liberal Studies, concentration in Political ScienceIf you would like to continue your education beyond a bachelor’s degree, you can obtain a Master’s of Liberal Studies with a concentration in Political Science through the department. The MLS degree prepares you with analytical tools to understand the complex social and political issues and relationships of the 21st century and the era of globalization. Learn more about the MLS in Political Science by visiting the Master of Liberal Studies Web site. Master’s of Liberal Studies, concentration in Public AdministrationIf graduate school interests you, you can receive a Master’s of Liberal Studies with a concentration in Public Administration through the department. Today’s public administrators understand and work effectively within the context of social changes. Public administrators require particular knowledge and skills to provide the highest standards of leadership in their communities, and the MLS in Public Administration provides you with those essential qualities. Learn more about the MLS in Public Administration by visiting the Master of Liberal Studies Web site.
Master’s of Liberal Studies, concentration in Political Leadership and Public ServiceDevelop the strong communication and analytical skills needed to lead others through our Master’s of Liberal Studies degree with a concentration in Political Leadership and Public Service. The MLS degree provides you with an understanding of government organizations and the processes these entities go through so that you can become a better leader. Learn more about the MLS in Political Science and Public Services by visiting the Master of Liberal Studies Web site.
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