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UCO students in classA major in political science creates a solid education in the liberal arts and sciences. Our goal is to prepare graduates for a variety of careers by emphasizing the acquisition of skills in communication and analysis; and by encouraging independent thought, tolerance, and informed interest in current affairs. The ability to define a problem and contribute to its solution is actively sought by employers; just like skills in writing, research, and evaluation.

Who knows exactly what they want to do? If you do, great! Political science is perfect for careers in:

  • Local Government
  • State Government
  • National Levels of Government
  • International Organizations
  • Political Campaigns
  • Interest Groups
  • Lobbying Organizations
  • Journalism
  • Business
  • Law

What if you don't know what you want to do? That's okay. You can expect to change jobs a number of times and even to have more than one career, and political science is excellent preparation for the flexibility required to succeed in the modern employment market.

Undergraduate Degrees

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Accelerated Degree Pathway (ADP) 

Look forward to applying your junior year. 

  • Begin graduate studies your senior year;
  • Count graduate courses toward your undergraduate AND master's degrees; and,
  • Reduce time completing both degrees.

B.A. to M.P.A.

Undergraduate students wishing to apply for the B.A./M.P.A. Accelerated Degree Pathway in Public Administration may enroll in three MPA graduate-level courses as seniors under the graduate college's Accelerated Degree Pathway Program Policy. Admission requires a 3.0 undergraduate GPA and application to and approval of the POL Accelerated B.A./M.P.A. Committee.