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B.A. in Political Science

Analyze political institutions, processes, and behavior at the local, state, national, and international levels.

Political science majors at the University of Mississippi conduct policy analysis and study political actors and organizations within the context of American government and politics, comparative government and politics, and international relations.

Key Benefits

Political science majors gain a broad understanding of the political world as well as skills in analysis, judgment, problem solving, social science methodology, writing, argumentation, and persuasion. Select students may earn a Departmental Distinction Certificate by fulfilling GPA, extra-curricular, and curricular requirements.

Graduate Outcomes

A liberal arts education prepares graduates to deal with complexity and change. They gain key skills in communication, problem-solving, and working with diverse groups. Related careers in political science include policy research, government, business, survey analysis, marketing research, lobbying, law, military, education, and public relations.

Experiences Offered

Political science students have opportunities to learn in the field with formal internship programs in Jackson, MS, Washington, D.C., and New York City. While earning credit towards the major, students gain direct experience in the political setting of their choice. Students may also participate in travel courses like The Politics of Money in Washington, D.C.

Students with excellent academic records qualify for admission to the Take 5 program, a five-year B.A./M.A. degree program. Interested students should apply in the spring of their junior year. Admitted students take a few graduate-level courses in the senior year working toward both undergraduate and graduate degrees in an expedited, five year program.

B.A. in Political Science Faculty

The faculty in the Department of Political Science at the University of Mississippi have exceptional strengths in political behavior, international conflict, and experimental research.

Susan H Allen
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
Miles T Armaly
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
Robert D Brown
PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
John M Bruce
CHAIR AND ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
Jeffery Carter
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
Alice H Cooper
PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
Conor M Dowling
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
Gang Guo
CROFT ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
Benjamin Thomas Jones
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
Marvin Porter King
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE & AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES AND SENIOR FELLOW OF THE SOUTH RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE
Jonathan Klingler
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
Gregory J Love
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
Timothy W Nordstrom
PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
Sue Ann Skipworth
INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
Charles E Smith
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
Jonathan Cole Winburn
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE AND DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH LABORATORY
Julie A Wronski
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
Yael Zeira
CROFT ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF COMPARATIVE POLITICS OF THE MIDDLE EAST

A major in political science for the B.A. degree consists of 33 semester hours chosen from the subfields of American government and politics, comparative government and politics, international relations, and political analysis, including Pol 101, 102, 103, and 251.

Admission requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science program are the same as the general undergraduate admission requirements.

Sailer Perkins

Sailer (BA in Arabic and political science, 2017) studied abroad in Jordan and Scotland where she learned about sustainable development and political theories of global justice and citizenship. She interned with Syria Direct and the Hudson Institute's Center for Political and Military Analysis, and earned a fellowship with the Mississippi Sustainable Agricultural Network. Her honors thesis focused on the impact of water scarcity on intrastate conflict and U.S. national security. After graduation Sailer spent the summer in Egpyt and Jordan to further her Arabic skills. She is currently earning her M.A. in international affairs in the George Bush School at Texas A&M, with a career goal to work in international affairs.

Why study political science at UM?
"UM has such a wonderful legacy of valuing the liberal arts. Political science remains critical especially for those who want to pursue public service and tackle the most complicated social and political problems of our day. The department is a comfortable size, and you can be as engaged as you want owing to the amazingly faculty. They are great mentors, particularly in utilizing the unique history and political situation of Oxford and Mississippi to teach lessons for the future."

Student Organizations

Join the Mock Trial team or Phi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society.