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Why study Political Science at APSU?

There is no question that earning a political science degree will lead to an exciting profession that can grow and change along with the skills you develop and the directions in which your special interests can take you.  Political science majors gain analytical skills, and the knowledge necessary for understanding and trying to influence political activities that occur every day.  Political science is also the number one major for students who attend law school.

Faculty members in the APSU Department of Political Science & Public Management want their students to succeed. Personal attention to students is important. For instance, they inform political science students when internship opportunities become available, such as with the Tennessee State Legislature, in Washington D.C, and with election campaigns. In addition, organizations such as the Pi Sigma Alpha national political science honor society prepare our students for leadership and service. 

In addition, APSU graduates with political science degrees have been admitted to top law schools at Vanderbilt University, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, University of Memphis, Samford University, Florida State University, and many others. Graduate programs where APSU students have enrolled include Vanderbilt University, University of Kentucky, Stony Brook University, and Georgetown University, just to name a few.


From legal disputes to elections to international crises, the world of politics is constantly changing.  What happens in politics affects our own backyard, including city hall, Fort Campbell, KY, the state government in Nashville, and activities in our nation’s capital.  Having a political science degree helps to understand events around the world and provides a career that brings new challenges and rewards.


What will I learn?

Political Science students engage in the study of and research in topics such as American National Government, Public Policy,  International Politics, Political Theory, and Methods of Research.  

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The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.

The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.

What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?

According to the American Political Science Association, a bachelor's degree in political science can lead to exciting careers in federal, state and local governments; law; business; international organizations; nonprofit associations and organizations; campaign management and polling; journalism; precollegiate education; electoral politics; research and university and college teaching.


Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, is the only honor society for college students of Political Science and government in the United States. Pi Sigma Alpha is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) and is designated as a "Specialized, Upper-Division" society by ACHS. There are now over 700 chapters of Pi Sigma Alpha located on college and university camouses in every state of the United States and one in Canada.

Faculty advisor is Dr. Marsha Lyle-Gonga. Please email lylegongam@apsu.edu with questions or for more information about joining.

APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.

What Do Political Science Majors Do After Graduation?

Adjunct Faculty (with M.A.)

Attorney-at-Law (with J.D.)

     Private practice

     In House Attorney

     Public prosecutor

     Public Defender


Civil Service

College Student Leadership and Activities Officer

Community Organizer

Congressional Aide

Data Analyst

Data Scientist

Development Officer

Foreign Service

International Affairs Specialist

Law Clerk

Legal Assistant

Legislative Staff Member


Marketing Research Analyst

News Reporter


     Director of Foundations Relations

     Grants Manager

     Program Officer

     Database Manager

     Development Associate

     Staff Writer

     Research Analyst


Policy Think Tanks - Policy Analyst


Political Campaigns

Campaign Communication Coordinator

Campaign Consultant

Campaign Strategist

Campaign Chief of Staff

Campaign Pollster

Campaign Public Relations Associate

Professor (with Ph.D.)

Public Relations Specialist

Regulatory Compliance Officer

Social Media Manager

Social Worker


Urban and Regional Planner (with M.A.)