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Department of Political Science

Bachelor of Arts/Science in Political Science

Politics is the art of the possible, the attainable — the art of the next best”  ― Otto von Bismarck  


Political Science graduates have high average starting salaries and find success in their career choices.

Degrees in Political Science


Political science is a multifaceted discipline that focuses on the functions of governments. The topics studied by political scientists range from public opinion, elections and interest groups to comparative government, international relations, security studies, political philosophy, constitutional law and legislative behavior.

With such a wide range of options, political science students have substantial freedom to tailor their courses of study to meet individual goals and interests through personal selection, or by the use of tracksTracks allow you to format your curriculum to reflect your academic interests and career goals. Right now, the Political Science department is offering five tracks;

  • Public Service - for students interested in an administrative position in the public or nonprofit sector
  • Global Politics & Security - for students interested in international security, diplomacy, international organizations and related non-profit organizations
  • Society & Environment - for students interested in social and environmental problem solving, agricultural and food-related private business, and non-profit and political advocacy groups
  • Politics of the Global South - for students interested in careers that impact or involve the non-Western world and knowledge of African, Asian, Latin American, and Middle Eastern countries
  • Law - for students interested in the legal profession in any capacity, work in private business, or government and legal relations

An undergraduate degree in political science prepares you for careers in both the public and private sector. It also prepares you for a number of advanced graduate degrees, including in law, foreign service/security, public administration, and doctoral studies, among other advance degrees

In fact, The Chronicle of Higher Education has reported that among students graduating in 18 academic and pre-professional undergraduate majors, political science graduates ranked among the highest in satisfaction with job opportunities.

The Political Science Department offers Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in Political Science which require 36 hours of coursework.

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Minors & Secondary Majors


The Political Science department also offers a minor at 18 hours. Add a valuable degree credential while developing an understanding of how government and politics influence your chosen field of study!

Minor Requirements

There are also many secondary majors, minors, and other specialized curricula that are available to students that work concurrently with the Political Science major, including but not limited to:

Pre-LawMiddle East Studies
International and Area StudiesGender, Women, and SexualityStudies
Primary Texts CertificateAmerican Ethnic Studies


You can also complete off campus internships while completing college credit! Internships connect academic scholarship, analytical skills, and work experience in political environments.

POLSC 510 Internship Requirements

POLSC 510 Internship Application



A crucial component to successful completion of any major is advising. Each Political Science major is paired with an advisor to help navigate course selection and make sure degree requirements are met. 

Pre-enrollment advising happens twice a year during pre-enrollment times; the end of October through the middle of November and the end of March through the middle of April. Political Science majors are required to schedule an appointment with the office of Political Science no more than two weeks prior to the student’s open enrollment date. After scheduling an appointment, an email reminder will be sent out to the student. 

The "advisor hold" on your KSIS account will not be lifted until you complete this appointment.

To schedule your appointment, first check your enrollment date and the advisor that you are assigned in KSIS. Three ways to make your appointment: directly book an appointment with Kathy Lilllich, call 785-532-6842, or stop by the Political Science Office in Calvin 101D. 

Use these forms to prepare for your advising meeting:

What requirements does this course satisfy? 

What score do I need on my Advanced Placement Exam to earn elective credit?




Considering becoming a K-State student? Please contact the admissions office. We also recommend that if you are interested in learning more about our program, schedule a campus visit and you will be connected with an advisor in our department.  There are great things happening with our major, and we would love to discuss them with you!