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Political Science, B.A. / B.S.

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 bachelors degree in political science is the way to go.

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Master of Public Adminstration

The Clemson MPA program moved to an interactive online format in 2009. The online, evening format has given students greater professional and personal flexibility while still allowing students to have a face-to-face learning experience and participate in group activities. Utilizing the best online platforms available has allowed the Clemson MPA program to grow from a regional onsite program, to a nationally ranked MPA program.

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Policy Studies, Ph.D.

The mission of the Policy Studies Program is to provide an educational and research opportunity for bringing together talented men and women and to develop leadership careers in the policy process and public policy analysis, in either the private, public, or nonprofit sectors. Additionally, the program will expand the capacity to conduct policy-relevant research, which is appropriate for the objectives of a land grant university, and adhering to the highest standards of academic rigor, objectivity, and independence. Clemson’s policy studies program also permits students pursuing other graduate degrees the option of adding a policy focus to their curricula.

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Political Science Certificates

The Department of Political Science offers several certificate programs. Non-academic certificates are offered in Policy Studies, Public Administration, Emergency Management and Homeland Defense and Security. 

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