Political Science and Planning
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies
At a Glance
Many students interested in law and medicine find excellent preparation in our Political Science and Planning Department – and then excellent success beyond. That's because the major gives students the skills and knowledge necessary to think, plan and analyze in myriad ways and fields, such as government, non-profit groups, international organizations, political campaigns and, especially, legal and medical professions.
Why should I choose UWG's Political Science and Planning program?
- The B.A. degree is appropriate for those seeking a general political science degree and for those interested in graduate school or law school. The B.S. degree allows students to concentrate on any field in political science, preparing graduates for careers in the public sector, non-profit organizations, international organizations, political campaigns or for post-graduate instruction.
- The B.S. Degree in Planning prepares students to work in planning organizations in the public or private sector.
- The excellent reputation of the department's pre-law program is exemplified by both the admissions rate and the success of students in law school.
- Members of the department's faculty were named Teacher of the Year in 2001-02, when Dr. Robert Sanders received the award.
Are there any special opportunities available?
- Political science students may elect a semester of internship for academic credit.
- Each year, the university sends a minimum of two students to work with the session of the General Assembly. In addition, an almost unlimited number of applicants are accepted by the Governor's Internship Program, which places them in state or local administrations for a semester. Some students have also earned college credit for summer work in Washington.
What can I do after graduation, graduate school and job-wise?
- Campaign consultant work and government employment
- Further Education
- Law school and graduate school admission
What kind of student organizations, clubs or honorary societies can I join?
- Pi Sigma Alpha
- Pi Alpha Alpha
- Prelaw Society
- Political Science Club
Does the faculty specialize in certain areas?
- Comparative politics, African politics, international law, gender and ethnicity and global studies
- Public organization theory, health policy and environmental policy
- Political thought (classical, modern and American)
- Administrative law and theory of public administration
- Judicial process, constitutional law and Southern politics
- Research methods, public budgeting and public policy analysis and evaluation
- Outsourcing in the public sector, science and technology policy, performance evaluation and nonprofit management
- Policy implementation and compliance in the European Union, European political parties, international political economy and integration
- International relations and Latin American politics, democratization, institutions and informal politics
- Environmental policy, animal rights lobbying activities and immigration policy
- Local governance, privatization of social services, Georgia government and the GeorgiaGain program