Political Science - BS, BA

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

About This Degree

Political science is the study of government, public policies, political processes, and political behavior.

The department is committed to encouraging students to reflect on the political demands that will inevitably fall on them as citizens of the U.S. and as human beings.

USU’s political science professors are committed to quality teaching, mentoring, advising, and research, and consistently win department, college, and university awards for their work. The USU chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national honors society for political science, has been recognized several times as one of the best chapters in the country. Students also have ample opportunities for internships in federal and state legislatures, regulatory agencies, lobbying firms, think tanks, corporations and international organizations.

What You Will Learn

Through their coursework, students gain theoretical and factual understanding of government, politics, and political philosophy, nationally and internationally. In an environment of discussion-based classroom experiences and research opportunities, students develop analytical abilities, communication skills, and political research methods. Political science majors are equipped with the knowledge necessary to participate responsibly in civic affairs and pursue careers in government, and USU boasts successful politicians as alumni, including Senator Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader. Students are also well prepared for graduate studies in political science, law, and more.

Students receive a by completing all required courses in the major. To receive a BA, students must also gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages.


At a Glance

College: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department: Political Science Department

USU Locations:

  • Logan campus

Program Requirements

Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

Political science majors develop communication and analytical skills that make them well-suited for a variety of careers. They can work in many areas related to government, and they are also well prepared for graduate studies and law school. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in political science can pursue the following careers:

  • U.S. Senate and House staff
  • Lobbyist
  • Foreign service officer
  • Intelligence analyst
  • Federal reserve system manager
  • Campaign consultant
  • Legislative analyst
  • Consultant
  • Lobbyist assistant or campaign associate
  • Paralegal
  • Legislative correspondent

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We will build on your goals and experiences while working together to design an individualized semester-by-semester plan. Your personalized plan will help you see a path from where you are now on to graduation. Even if you are unsure of the major you would like to pursue, we can help with resources and ideas.

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Admission Requirements

In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the political science program has additional requirements:

  • First-Year students: First-Year students admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission to this major.
  • Transfer Students: Students transferring from other institutions and from other USU majors must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 to be accepted into the major.

International students have additional admissions requirements.

Program Requirements

While internships are not required, there are many internship opportunities available, and students can apply credit from internships toward their upper-division political science course requirements.

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