Political Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

Available: On Campus and Online

The Political Science Department at Sam Houston State University is comprised of academically strong faculty with practical experience in government and politics.

The BA and BS degrees in Political Science offer small class sizes, close contact with professors respected in their field, and involvement with the local community.


Students may pursue either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Political Science.

The department offers courses in five areas, which students can mix to meet their needs: American government and politics, international relations and foreign policy, comparative politics, public administration, and political theory and methodology.

The Legal Studies minor is useful for positions in the public and private sectors requiring knowledge of the law or interaction with legal professions. In addition, it is well suited for students who wish to attend law school. In fact, SHSU ranks in the top seven percent of national universities in law school acceptance.

The department also offers a minor in Public Administration and Public Policy. This is an online minor designed to serve students who wish to pursue careers in the public and nonprofit sectors.

Students may participate in the university’s Center for Law, Engagement, and Politics (LEAP), Pi Sigma Alpha, or the campus political party organizations to get unique and hands-on experiences.


SHSU Political Science students have interned with city and county governments, the Texas legislature, the U.S. Congress, non-profit organizations, international think tanks, major political campaigns, and law offices. Our flexible program allows for local internships, but has also placed students in other states and Washington, DC.

Careers in Political Science

  • Business
  • Government
  • Interest groups
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Public relations
  • Legal professions
  • Policy institutes
  • Teaching

Program Breakdown

Brief breakdown of the type, or types, of degree(s) available, their length, available enrollment, and estimated cost.
Category Degree Summary
Catalog Entry Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Length 120 Credit Hours
Enrollment Fall, Spring
Tuition/Costs Rates Per Semester

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 15
  • Summer: May 15