At Austin Peay, political challenges around the world become your opportunities.
There is no question that earning a political science or public management 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. In addition,
all of our doctoral-trained faculty members want their students to succeed. From providing
individualized instruction to keeping students abreast of internship and career opportunities,
our political science and public management faculty members make your success a given.
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.
The political science department, it’s like a second home, everyone is just so helpful. They've helped me become a leader. The environment in the classrooms, it's interactive, it pushes you, but in a good way.
Before coming to Austin Peay I never felt like I had it in me to lead a room in any situation. Now I feel like I have the skills necessary to guide myself and others to success.
My greatest fear coming here (after a 22-year career in the Army) was I only knew about college what I had seen on TV. With the professors, I thought there’d be animosity because we’d all be about the same age. But when I started, it wasn’t like that at all.
It’s been a learning experience. I thought I knew quite a bit about politics, and I came here and realized there’s so much going on in this process that all goes into making it work. It’s confirmed my passion for politics.
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.
Through Austin Peay State University’s public management program, you will gain the practical work experience – and technical and managerial skills – needed to succeed in a variety of leadership roles. Your courses and experiences will prepare you for careers in both public, quasi-public, and nonprofit sectors.