What is a degree in Political Science?

The Political Science program blends the study of government and human political behavior in a major that is designed to be interdisciplinary, using insights from sociology, psychology, economics and the management sciences in addition to providing foundational knowledge about political theory, political institutions and international affairs. Political science majors will become discerning consumers of political messages and understand the importance of political context in communication.

Successful political science graduates are often curious about the world, the nation and their community, but they understand that the behaviors they learn about are also present in large corporations, small firms, non-government organizations and even small communities. The ability to see the perspectives of other individuals, groups and cultures often correlates to success in fields that require sensitivity, breadth and an appreciation of diversity in understanding and communicating ideas.

Why study at UNT Dallas?

The UNT Dallas Political Science program is designed to provide great flexibility for students while providing a sound foundation for post-graduate employment or study. Students are expected to take advantage of suitable courses in history, sociology, criminal justice, psychology and management in order to satisfy their intellectual interests and prepare for works in diverse fields. The political science major at UNT Dallas also encourages interested students to engage with the policy issues of the city, the state and the nation, providing in-depth knowledge of the processes and institutions that enable participation.

How likely am I to get a job after graduation?

Jobs with the title of political scientist generally require an advanced degree, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014) estimates employment of political scientists is expected to increase by 21 percent between 2012 and 2022. As of May 2012, the average annual salary of a federally employed political scientist was $114,320, higher than the average annual wage of $104,600 for political scientists employed across all industries.

What are my career options?

Typical jobs for program graduates would include:

  • Federal, state and local government
  • Political campaigns
  • Public affairs communications
  • Lobbying for interest groups, non-governmental organizations and corporations
  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Parole/Probation officers
  • Legal investigators and assistants
  • Public affairs specialists
  • Polling and surveying researchers
  • Social service managers

What kinds of companies or industries are hiring?

  • Government agencies
  • Constituency representatives for elected state and federal officials
  • Public Affairs and Communication departments in corporations
  • Interest Groups
  • Advocacy Groups
  • Non-governmental organizations

Who can I contact for more information?

For additional information please contact:
Dr. Walt Borges
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Department of Social Sciences
University of North Texas at Dallas
7400 University Hills Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75241
Office Phone: 972-338-1552
Email: walter.borges@untdallas.edu