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Political Science

Do you have a passion for history or an interest in international relations?

A political science degree can take you from the sidelines of political discourse to the frontlines of political change. Political scientists create the policies that protect our civil rights and freedoms, shape the debate surrounding issues like health care and the environment and craft solutions for complex international problems like those involving defense and trade. The Political Science program from Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences’ Department of Social Sciences prepares students for a variety of rewarding career pathways.

A Political Science degree from Augusta University offers an experience like no other — one that can be applied directly in the public and nonprofit sectors or serve as a springboard for graduate degrees in law, security studies or international politics.

Political Science is for you if you consider yourself

Analytical and Strategic
Helpful and Nurturing
Innovative and Cutting-edge



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What You'll Study


In the Political Science program you will study areas including political theory, constitutional law, foreign policy and the principals of public administration.

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Experience-based Education

Outside the Classroom

Internships provide valuable glimpses at future career paths while you put your classroom learning into practice, and Pamplin College is committed to maximizing these opportunities.

The Model United Nations program brings you face to face with students from more than 70 countries as you address global concerns by taking the stance of a specific member state.

Study Abroad trips take your understanding of cultures — and yourself — to new levels, delivering hands-on experiences that prepare you for rewarding career opportunities and a fulfilling life.


Research & Innovation

Whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student, you’ll have opportunities to create your own research projects or work with faculty to tackle some of the world’s most complex and pressing challenges.


Research Center

Pamplin College’s Center for Social Science Research involves students as active partners in research projects that assist local public and nonprofit agencies improve their effectiveness.


Student Publications

Student publications are an excellent way to find your voice and strengthen your portfolio, and Pamplin College has a wide range to get involved with.


Clubs & Organizations

Student clubs and organizations help you “plug in” to campus life in a way that can lead to meaningful connections, new interests and resume-enhancing experiences.

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Interested in teaching?

Secondary Education certificate available

If you are interested in working with students in grades 6-12, you might consider a certificate in Secondary Education in addition to your degree. Teachers, school counselors, and other educational personnel must be certified by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission to teach in elementary, middle, or secondary public schools.

Augusta University offers an opportunity to complete your teaching certification while earning your degree within specific programs of study. Once students have completed their coursework and passed their certification, they can add secondary teaching education to their list of career opportunities.

Your Future

Career Options

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science can follow a variety of career paths, including education, politics, the legal field, government or the nonprofit sector. Many also consider advanced degrees in law, security studies or international politics.

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Learning Like No Other

Why Augusta?

Research opportunities supplement classwork with real-world experiences that benefit community organizations and our overall understanding of the world around us.

Dynamic campus with opportunities to interact in a multitude of collaborative ways.

Innovative programs like the Model UN provide highly immersive experiences that simulate high-stakes environments and help develop highly marketable skills.

The wide variety of student publications and organizations stimulates growth and provides the kind of experience valued by employers.

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The Katherine Reese Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences forms the heart of the liberal arts mission of Augusta University. We foster critical thinking about complex questions of the human experience; cultivate skills in written, verbal, and creative expression; promote active citizenship and community engagement; and prepare graduates for diverse careers in quickly changing globalized environments.