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Political Science, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Valdosta, GA, United States
Students in the Political Science program of Valdosta State University focus on subfields of the discipline, including the American government and politics, comparative government and politics, international relations, political theory, public law and public administration.
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Overview

The Valdosta State Difference

The Political Science program of Valdosta State University boasts small classes and a diverse and knowledgeable faculty who have meaningful interactions with students. Students have the opportunity to hone their knowledge both in and out of the classroom and gain practical work experience through the Valdosta State Co-op Program. Student organizations geared toward political science majors include the Model United Nations, in which students can gain course credit and compete in regional and national competitions, along with the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Sciences. The department’s study abroad program to the Czech Republic gives students additional opportunities to study the discipline and broaden their horizons through historic site visits, weekend excursions, and courses on topics such as Czech history, politics, culture and the European Union.

What you'll learn

Political science majors gain knowledge of the American political system on the federal, state and local levels, learn to analyze political behavior, hone their oral and written communication skills, and learn to use discipline-related tools and technologies. The curriculum includes a variety of courses, including domestic policy issues, the American judicial process and behavior, and international policy. Students who meet the academic requirements may qualify for the political science honors track. Political science graduates may consider careers in law, business, teaching, journalism and government and are also prepared to attend graduate programs in areas such as law and public policy.

Careers

  • Archivist
  • Archivist
  • Banking Analyst
  • Campaign Advisor
  • Campaign Finance Advisor
  • CIA Agent
  • City Manager
  • Community Relations Director
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Customs Officer
  • Customs/Immigration Officer
  • Diplomat
  • FBI Agent
  • Federal Government Analyst
  • Federal Investigator
  • Foreign Services Officer
  • Fundraiser
  • Government Agency Administrator
  • Government Agency Specialist
  • Housing Manager
  • Immigration Officer
  • Immigration Specialist
  • Lawyer
  • Legislative Analyst
  • Lobbyist
  • Policy Analyst
  • Political Commentator
  • Political Consultant
  • Political Journalist
  • Pollster
  • Press Secretary
  • Public Affairs Research Analyst
  • Secondary School Teacher

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • American Government
  • Global Issues
  • Elections, Voting Behavior, and Political Parties
  • Political Psychology
  • Public Opinion and Political Socialization
  •  African American Politics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    79

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Complete the online application 
  • English Proficiency
  • Submit official transcripts from high school and/or all college(s) attended; only sealed, official academic records will be accepted
  • A completed Certificate of Finances statement guaranteeing that the student will have a minimum of $36,124.00 (for nine months) available for personal and educational expenses
  • Completed medical form. VSU requires that prior to registration all students present proof of two vaccines for measles and on for mumps and rubella; a tetanus booster within the last ten years; proof of disease or immunization for varicella (chicken pox); and, if under the age of 19 at time of enrollment, proof of hepatitis B series immunization
  • All international students must purchase the VSU medical insurance plan for students to cover the cost of medical treatment while in the United States
  • A copy of the student's passport/visa must be emailed to the Office of Admissions

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15424 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7712 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    15424 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7712 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    4370 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2185 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Valdosta

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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