Students who are interested in government, politics, and economics will find this a fascinating field.
We examine not only the institutions of government, from the local to the international level, but also delve into the informal aspects of politics, including media, political parties, interest groups, religion, and the roles of women and minorities.
The major offers entrance into advanced study, politics, government work, and employment in the private sector.
The intro level courses (100/200) provide an introduction to American political systems, the enduring issues of politics, and the basics skills associated with survey research and statistics.
Sophomore- and junior-level courses explore in more detail the relationship between the government and the economy, religion and politics, American political movements, and U.S. foreign policy.
Senior-level courses investigate, in greater detail, the workings of Congress, the president, and the judiciary; governments of other nations; the protection of human rights at home and abroad; the role of women in the political process; and other topics.
There are three Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees available with this major.
The BA in Political Science is designed to be a broad introduction to the field of political science, primarily targeting those students who want to consider careers in government, campaigns and elections, governmental relations, and continuing on with graduate work in political science.
The BA in Political Science (Pre-law emphasis) has been designed to give students a stronger background in public law than the other two degree tracks in order to better prepare students who are interested in pursuing a legal career.
The BS in Political Science involves more courses on empirical methodology and statistics than the BA, so it is designed for those who may be interested in political analysis as a career, in addition to those careers paths suggested above.
Graduates with a political science major can pursue a variety of career paths, including:
An introduction to the politics of media, including an exploration of political meanings found in music, film, and television
Acquaints students with the broad scope of religious influences in contemporary American life
Explores the United States foreign policy with an emphasis on current case studies
Examines the role and status of women in U.S. politics and public policy issues related to women
An investigation of political movements in the both the U.S. and abroad
Favorite Course: PS 101: American Government
Expertise: Criminal justice system
Favorite Course: PS 331: World Politics
Expertise: International trade
Favorite Course: PS 401: Political Socialization
Expertise: Political culture and political communication
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Southern Miss undergraduate degrees are available online, at the Hattiesburg campus, at the Gulf Park campus, and/or through a hybrid delivery that includes both online and on-campus courses.
All courses listed in the degree plan are available online. A student would not have to take a face-to-face course to complete this degree.
50 percent or more of the degree plan’s courses in Major Area of Study Requirements AND 50 percent or more of courses in Curriculum Requirement are available online. Remaining courses are face-to-face at the Hattiesburg or Gulf Park campus, as noted.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Hattiesburg campus.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.