Overview

The Political Science curriculum provides students with broad understanding of political systems and the policy-making process and prepares them for careers in law, government service, teaching, business and journalism.

To accomplish these objectives, the Department of Political Science offers programs of study that introduce students to the discipline and methods of political science and its subfields: American politics, political philosophy, international relations, comparative politics, public administration and public policy.

Degree Offered

Undergraduate

Graduate

Faculty

The Political Science faculty members have earned doctorates in a wide range of specializations within the broad areas of the discipline. The faculty's expertise is complemented by active involvement in scholarly research.

Career Opportunities

LAW

Lamar University graduates who earn law degrees have distinguished themselves as judges, legislators, district attorneys and in other public service areas, as well as in the private practice of law.

GOVERNMENT SERVICE

The federal, state and local governments recruit political science majors for positions as administrative, budgetary and personnel assistants, program analysts; and as civilian employees in the military forces.

GRADUATE PROFESSIONAL CAREERS

Many political science majors pursue the Master of Public Administration degree at Lamar and establish professional careers in federal, state or local government agencies. Others earn master's and doctoral degrees in political science and teach in colleges and universities.

Department of Political Science Mission Statement:

The Political Science Department provides all university students with knowledge and appreciation of national and state political processes, equips undergraduate and graduate majors with a wide knowledge of the various areas of the discipline and methods of critical analysis and effective communication to prepare them for appropriate professional, educational, and occupational opportunities, and engages in research, professional activities, and community service.