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Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science

Discover how political systems operate, and gain experience for your political or teaching career.

Majors Offered

Political Science (BA or BS)
Political Science Teaching (BA or BS)

What You’ll Learn

As a political science or political science teaching major, you’ll learn the ideas and theories behind local, state, national and international political systems and how they operate. You can tailor your coursework to areas of political science you’re most interested in, such as American politics (American political institutions and political behavior, public administration and policy and the law and courts), global politics (international and comparative politics) and political theory.

Upon graduation, you’ll have developed reading comprehension, writing and critical thinking skills.

As many political problems have no single solution, you’ll also learn to analyze competing explanations and solutions to political issues and how to present your own positions on them.

In addition, you can represent a country in our Model United Nations team, participate on our Moot Court team and conduct research in the Ogden-Weber region in our community engaged learning courses.

What You Can Do

Many graduates go on to government careers in the federal, state and local level, including:

  • Congressional committees
  • Utah governor’s office
  • City planning and managing

A political science degree also prepares you for careers in business, law and any organization that focuses on political issues, such as human rights, the environment and poverty.

Political science teaching majors can go on to teach social studies and related subjects in schools. Teaching level depends on the certification earned through Weber State's Department of Teacher Education.


Degree Information

Degree Requirements

  • 39 credit hours in political science major (teaching majors must take HIST 4500 – Teaching Social Studies in Grades 5-12 for a total of 42 credit hours)
  • Minimum grade of C in all major courses (a C- is not accepted)
  • A minor or double major is required

BA Course Requirements

BS Course Requirements

Political Science Teaching

Political science teaching majors must meet Department of Teacher Education admission and licensure requirements.

Teacher Education Website

Declare Your Major

Contact the Political Science Academic Advisor to schedule a meeting.

Dr. Thom Kuehls
Political Science Academic Advisor