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Political Science

A major in political science enables students to understand political systems and public policy while developing critical thinking and analytical skills that will open up diverse career paths. You’ll graduate as an informed and active participant in society with an opportunity to work in a variety of professions.

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Degree Options

Bachelor of Arts
The Bachelor of Arts is more qualitative, with requirements for foreign language classes and philosophy.

Bachelor of Science
The Bachelor of Science degree is great for students who are quantitatively minded and want to use data and analytics in the future.  

Why Study Political Science at Radford?

  • Immersive, hands-on real-world experiences through internships
  • Every student will experience high-impact practices in at least 5 courses
  • Capstone project senior year will give you the ability to study something that interests you and helps with your transition to professional life
  • 80% career placement within 1 year

Careers and Internships

More than just law and government, politics is in every part of our lives. Studying Political Science opens doors to careers in
  • law
  • campaigning
  • public service
  • entrepreneurship
  • politics
  • private industry
  • government employment
  • consulting
  • social activism

Opportunities for Political Science students at Radford

Political Science Days are a showcase for the work that our faculty and students do together. Student groups like the Political Science Society and Wicked Student Society give leadership opportunities from day one.

  • Direct faculty mentorship for all student in the program

  • More than 200 students in the program

    across all majors and minors combined

  • 75% of students complete an internship before graduation

The Wicked Festival and Wicked Problems minor give students the opportunity to become authorities on persistent public problems. Students present their knowledge and proposed solutions at the Wicked Festival that is conducted every semester.

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"As much of my learning came from my friendships and interactions with colleagues as it did from my curriculum. My involvement in campus life taught me everything from parliamentary procedure to networking, which I use every day working in Virginia politics."

Jesse Lynch ’14

We want to get to know you better and we are excited that you are ready to take your next step and learn more about us. We are here to help you and look forward to working with you during your college search process.