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Studies in political science incorporate the workings of current and historic theories of politics, international affairs, and the developments of multiple regions of the world. Many who major in a degree in political science exercise their ability to think critically, strategize, and research a vast range of influences and perspectives. Undergraduate courses and programs in political science and its derivatives such as international relations are available at most universities around the world.The term political science is widely used in the United States, whereas in other places, the field may more commonly go under the name of politics, political studies or government. 

What can you do with a degree in political science?

Those who earn a degree in political science have the education required for multiple roles within the field of politics and governmental agencies. While many use a degree in political science as a stepping stone towards further studies towards a law degree, those who seek out a career with only a degree in political science have many opportunities.

Careers with a degree in political science may include but are not limited to:

  • Tax examiner
  • Journalist
  • Speech Writer
  • Urban or Regional Planner
  • Lobbyist
  • Paralegal
  • Lawyer

What you need to study political science abroad:

The requirements for studying political science always vary by university and institute of education as well as by level of study (bachelor’s, master’s, etc.). 

If seeking a bachelor’s degree in political science, your prerequisites may also only require a high school diploma or equivalent experience in general studies. Some programs may have additional requirements, so be sure to check with your institute of education.

Many whom earn a bachelor’s degree in political science go on to pursue a law degree from an accredited university program. The prerequisites for each law school may differ, but most will have a minimum required score in specified exams.

Master’s programs in political science vary in their requirements to study, but most will have the prerequisite of a bachelor’s degree and students wishing to pursue amaster’s degree in political science should also be active in researching a specific area of interest within a discipline of political science.

PhD programs may require only a bachelor’s degree and/or a master’s degree. Make sure to check with the university or institute of education you wish to study at in order to know the specific prerequisites they require.


What will you learn studying political science abroad?

Studying political science abroad allows for a great deal of influence in your studies. Coursework and studies may vary depending on which nation you study in as well as your degree level.

What are the differences between a BA and BS in political science?

When pursuing a bachelor’s degree in political science, you may be given the option in which type of bachelor’s program you take. A bachelor of arts (BA) in political science is incorporated into the liberal arts field, focusing your studies on policy and governance with a variety of electives and humanities. A bachelor of science (BS) in political science specializes greatly on the mathematics behind political systems, and allows for a larger margin of understanding these methods.

While working towards a bachelor degree in political science, you may take the following courses:

  • Politics and Media
  • Policy development
  • International Relations
  • Global Governance

Master’s or PhD courses have greater variance in coursework, but many institutions of education will include a thesis or dissertation.

Your master’s or PhD studies of political science may include but are not limited to the following:

  • International Law
  • Modern Political Thought
  • Policy Making
  • Conflict Resolution

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