Political Science is the study of government-the most important decision-making part of society-and of the social, economic, and other institutions and practices that influence this decision-making process. On the one hand, it is a discipline that can trace its roots to the ancient Greek political community, the polis; but it is also a modern social science, which uses techniques such as content analysis, public opinion surveys, and statistical analysis to create and evaluate generalizations about how government and people behave.
As a liberal arts discipline, the department is dedicated to developing analytical skills and promoting critical thinking. Students are encouraged to reflect not simply on their career goals, but also on what type of persons they want to become, and on their rights and duties as citizens.
Teacher certification is available under the Social Studies Composite certification. The Social Studies Composite certification program is designed to prepare students to teach any of the four social studies disciplines (History, Geography, Government, and Economics) at the secondary level (grades 8 - 12). Upon completion of the social studies curriculum and passage of the social studies TExES test, students will receive certification in social studies and eligibility to teach in any of the four disciplines.
Students pursuing secondary certification with a major in Political Science need to select a minor from the disciplines of Geography or History.
The department offers students the opportunity to earn up to six credit hours in an internship program in which students gain practical experience by working for various federal, state, local, or non profit agencies. Under the direction of a faculty member, the student expands and applies concepts and skills gained through academic study.
The Political Science department presents annual awards to graduating Political Science majors who have displayed academic excellence as students at Texas State. Interested students who believe they may be eligible for these awards should consult the Department Chair.
Majoring in political science can qualify you for many different careers in private for-profit and nonprofit organizations, as well as public sector organizations, including careers in business, law, consulting, state, local, and federal government, journalism and communications, international organization, finance, political campaigns, interest groups, community service and non-governmental organizations, and pre-college and college teaching.
Political science training also provides valuable preparation for participating in community organizations, electoral politics, movements on behalf of specific policies, and especially for seeking elective or appointive positions in government.