With a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, you will be prepared for community-oriented careers whether in public life or behind the scenes. You will explore political, social, and historical concepts and develop skills in analysis, research, writing, and communication.
The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science program offers an excellent background for professions in law and law enforcement, education, journalism, civil society, community organizing, political commentary, and public service at the local, state, national, and international level.
Our faculty members provide comprehensive expertise in a diverse array of fields including: international relations, conflict and peace building, non-governmental organizations, food security, conflict resolution, global development, social change, and more.
You’ll develop important skills in research, analysis, critical thinking, and effective writing and oral communication. Through classroom curriculum and real-world internship environments, students will also gain a deeper understanding of the political, social, historical, economic, and cultural forces influencing and changing American institutions and politics, public opinion, and more.
Gardner-Webb's Department of Social Sciences works to help students develop the intellectual skills to explore meaningful questions about politics, society and the human past, in an environment of comprehensive curiosity based on Christian values. We strive to educate students within a deeper understanding of the world we live in, both past and present, offering tools to affect positive change.
Your degree in political science will help you contribute to your community in positive ways. You could pursue a career as an attorney, city planner, community organizer, congressional staffer, diplomat, educator, legislator, political analyst, political journalist, or public servant.
Many GWU political sciences alumni are now pursuing graduate study at institutions such as Virginia Tech and law school at universities like George Washington, George Mason, and UC Davis.
In addition to the Gardner-Webb University general education requirements, the student must complete a minimum of 33 hours of political science coursework in the major.
Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.
Political science majors are required to complete a minor, but may choose from any of the university’s minor offerings.
A minor in political science requires 18 credit hours of coursework in both required and elective courses. Additional information about the minor, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.