Political Science (B.S./B.A.)


  • Our graduates have carved out successful careers in law, government, journalism and teaching.
  • We offer both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts in political science.
  • Recently, 23 political science students traveled to Washington to meet with Congress members, congressional staff and senior American and Chinese diplomats.
  • Political science faculty have authored or edited nearly four dozen books on topics such as democratization, Latin American politics, John Adams, public budgeting and ethnic conflict.

Interested in American politics, global affairs, political theory, public administration or public policy? If you like to explore theories concerning the ideal government and how power and resources are allocated in society, consider studying political science. You will gain a versatile set of skills that can be applied in a wide range of careers in federal, state and local governments; law; business; international organizations; nonprofits; campaign management; journalism; and teaching. You can choose to receive either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in political science. With a Bachelor of Arts, you will gain broad knowledge of the political science discipline, and your studies will emphasize communication skills and the humanities. If you have an aptitude for math or an interest in political economy, public administration, public policy or other fields that require advanced quantitative skills, the Bachelor of Science is the way to go.


What you'll study:

Political science majors enjoy many small classes that foster research, critical thinking, student participation and faculty-student interaction. With our Bachelor of Arts, you’ll have a strong focus on arts and humanities courses and will be required to choose a minor. In our Bachelor of Science you’ll choose one of our five concentration areas.

American Politics Concentration (B.S.): Focus on national and subnational institutions at the state and local levels in the U.S. government, as well as political behavior such as interest groups, social movements, political parties and elections.

Global Politics Concentration (B.S.): Gain an understanding of the politics and cultures of different countries, and acquire an in-depth understanding of the interactions among states and non-state actors.

Political Economy Concentration (B.S.): Study the linkages between politics and the economy to learn the motivations of human interactions along with who gets what and how regarding power and resources in society.

Public Policy Concentration (B.S.): Learn about the core theories and frameworks that explain the policy process at the national, state and local levels in American politics.

Public Administration Concentration (B.S.): Study the core political roles of agencies, elected officials, bureaucrats and nonprofit organizations that carry out the administrative functions in public policy implementation, evaluation and service delivery for governments.


Popular Minors:

  • Business Administration
  • Communications
  • Economics
  • English
  • History
  • Legal Studies

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What are students doing at graduation?*




Grad School


Seeking Employment



Where are students headed at graduation?*

Recent employers and job titles*

  • United States Congress — Legislative Aide
  • Department of State — Foreign Affairs Officer Trainee
  • Department of Justice — Senior Program Analyst

Recent graduate schools and sought degree types*

  • Harvard University — Master’s
  • Duke University School of Law — J.D.
  • University of Georgia — J.D.

Common Career Areas**

  • Government
    • Public Policy
    • Research
    • Regional Planning
    • City or Town Management
    • Intelligence
    • Foreign Service
    • Law Enforcement
    • Legislative, Executive or Judicial Services
    • Program Administration
  • Law
    • Politics
      • Elected or Appointed Leadership
      • Campaign Management
      • Staff Administration
      • Special Interest Advocacy
    • Nonprofit
      • Administration
      • Management
      • Public Relations
      • Fundraising
    • Business
      • Sales
      • Human Resources
      • Management
      • Advertising
      • Public Relations
    • Journalism/Broadcasting
      • Education
      *Represents only Clemson University graduates who completed Michelin Career Center surveys from 2009 to 2011.
      **Used w/permission from Univ. of Tennessee.

      Have more questions or want more information? Fill out the form below, which goes directly to the following department contact. If you’d also like to receive general University information from Clemson’s admissions office, please follow the link to the right and sign up to join our mailing list.

      Adam L. Warber, Department of Political Science Director of Undergraduate Studies
      864-656-1828 — awarber@clemson.edu