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Bachelor's Degree in Political Science

B.A. or B.S in political science; minor; African studies minor

Political science majors study the impact of government in areas such as social welfare policy, human rights, war and diplomacy.

The K-State political science program prepares students for graduate study as well as careers in academia, government or politics.

A student in Army fatigues gives a presentation in a political science classroom to his peers.

Political science students connect with each other by sharing their experiences and learning opportunities.

The K-State difference

K-State's political science faculty are dedicated to scholarship and student learning.

The 16 faculty members publish in top journals in various political science disciplines, serve on journal editorial boards and have worked closely with the U.S. Department of Defense.

Additionally, faculty have won eight major all-university teaching awards in the last five years.

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Did you know?

K-State's political science program was ranked No. 1 in the nation by The ranking is based on current student satisfaction in career advising, faculty accessibility, tuition cost and a healthy study environment.

Courses and curriculum

Our program is flexible, allowing students to specialize in a particular subfield if desired. Subfields include:

  • American government
  • Comparative government
  • International relations
  • Political thought

The department has a wide range of electives to complement each subfield, including undergraduate courses in public administration, human rights, political Islam, constitutional law and African politics.

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Further your education

Political Science (Minor)
African Studies (Minor)
Concurrent B.A./B.S. in Political Science and Master of Public Administration
Concurrent B.A./B.S. in Political Science and M.A. in Security Studies
Pre-Law in the Department of Political SciencePolitical Science (M.A)
Master of Public Administration (M.P.A)
Public Administration (Graduate Certificate)

What can I do with a degree in political science?

The average starting salary for K-State political science graduates is $44,111, higher than the average for other entry-level fields. Many of our students find positions in the business community, while others pursue graduate degrees in political science, public administration and law. Career options include:

New careers are developing in a number of other rapidly growing fields including risk analysis for foreign governments, political consulting and careers in research institutions.

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Career Center

The Career Center offers an extensive career library, free assessments for exploring major/careers, job search training, career advising, employer connections, and a staff dedicated to assisting students in the career development process

Tuition and Scholarships

Learn more about the $42 million in scholarships Kansas State University awards to students each year!

Additional K-State opportunities

Undergraduate research

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At a public research university like K-State, you'll have direct access to research opportunities from the start. K-State undergraduates have studied sustainable energy, cancer cells, musical lyrics and many other topics alongside nationally renowned faculty at K-State's 90-plus research centers.

Study abroad

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Studying in another country not only allows you to experience the wonders of another culture, but it also broadens your horizons and makes you a stronger citizen in our global society. There are more than 85 countries currently participating in K-State's education abroad programs!

Health professions

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Whether you are interested in a career in human or animal health, K-State is a great place to start the journey toward becoming a healthcare professional. You will have a dedicated health professions advisor who will help you navigate the professional school application process for your chosen healthcare field.


Pre-law  >

Did you know that K-State pre-law students are accepted into law school at a rate substantially exceeding the national average? In preparing for law school, you will work with a dedicated pre-law advisor and select the major of your choice in any department in any college within the university.

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Department of Political Science
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Manhattan, KS 66506-4030

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