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Political Science (B.A.)

SWOSU offers a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and minors in Political Science and Pre-Law.

What is Political Science?

We have been studying politics since ancient times, but the academic discipline of political science began over 150 years ago, joining together insights from law, philosophy, history, and economics.  Today, political scientists specialize in the study of particular issues like American Government, International Relations, and Public Policy.

Majors and minors benefit from the skills acquired in our courses: critical thinking, writing and research, and public presentation.

Career Sampling

  • Attorney
  • Advocacy
  • Legislative researcher/assistant
  • Policy analyst
  • Public relations
  • Lobbyist
  • Politician
  • Political Consultant
  • Journalist, political correspondent
  • City Manager
  • Campaign staff
  • Corrections
  • Teacher
  • Academic

Median Pay*

  • Legal Occupations: $80,810
  • Business & Financial: $68,350
  • Media & Communications: $57,530
  • Education: $49,700
  • Public Relations and Fundraising Managers: $114,800

*Occupational Outlook Handbook—2018

Why Political Science at SWOSU?

I Voted stickersTogether, we have over five decades of experience of teaching, advising, and coordinating practical activities and travel with students.  We want to put you on your career path to success.

  • One-on-one advising
  • Internships
  • Research skills
    • Hands-on participation
    • Presentations at campus-hosted events and conferences
  • Model UN and other opportunities for travel
  • Graduate school preparation
  • Courses in timely issues like war and conflict, the internet, tribal law, and more

In short, you will get to know us rather well.

Advisors

  • Dan Brown, J.D.
  • Heather Katz, Ph.D.

Student Activities

Traveling to Academic Conferences

Why?

Academic conferences are usually annual events where faculty and students gather to discuss their research.  Conferences can be national or regional, broad or topic-specific.  Papers or projects you develop in class can be presented to larger audiences with the assistance of your professor.

If you considering graduate school, working in public policy, or law school, it’s a great way to work on presentation skills.  They can also be pretty fun.

Where?

Political Science travelingMajor cities across the US and Canada like:

  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • Philadelphia
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Washington, D.C

Local conferences also take place right here in Oklahoma and surrounding states.

How? 

Check with your professor or advisor for information on upcoming conferences and for possible funding for student research activities.