Politics involves the struggle among individuals to achieve one's particular interests. Political scientists study who gets what and why, often seeing differences in the power of individuals, groups, corporations or countries as being instrumental in determining whose preferences matter.
We prepare our students to solve societal issues, to understand and address problems facing our justice and legal infrastructures, to be informed and participate in politics and analyze economic trends in our society and around the globe.
The AUM Political Science major offers a variety of courses exploring the multiple and various dimensions of politics.
The Political Science Four Year Plan provides details on the requirements for the major. The Department awards a merit Scholarship to a well-deserving junior or senior major.
Political science is a frequently selected major for students interested in attending law school. One reason for this relationship is that political science courses emphasize analytical and critical thinking, careful reading, and persuasive writing, all skills highly valued in the legal profession. The Department is extremely proud of its record in preparing students for admission to American Bar Association accredited law schools.
For students who are interested in political science but have chosen another major, the Department offers two minors:
There are many career possibilities for students majoring and minoring in political science. The following websites provide some good overviews of these possibilities. What can I do with this major Facts about Political Science Careers Careers in Political Science Nonprofit careers International development U.S. State Department International peace and conflict