Everyone has political opinions, but not everyone understands government and how it works. The political science program at Sul Ross State University is designed to prepare students for a wide variety of careers, including those in politics, public service, law, education, and the non-profit sector. Through the program, students explore different political systems, institutions, and theories as they seek answers to some of the big questions of government and politics including the role of government, what powers the central government should have, the size of government, and the role of government in promoting equality.
The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science equips students with the tools needed to lead at the local, state, or federal level. Students establish a network of support by becoming a part of University-led and national organizations that will continue to provide benefits in future careers. Students have opportunities to conduct research, to present on relevant topics, and to acquire first-hand knowledge about government through internship experiences. Throughout the program, students learn to engage with social and political problems, including those dealing with global equity and equality and to use critical thinking to develop logical solutions.
Minor in Political Science
Political science is also offered as a minor field of study. It requires 18 semester credit hours of political science courses and at least six semester credit hours must be in advanced coursework. PS 2305 Federal Government and PS 2306 State Government (general education requirements) may count toward the 18 required semester credit hours.