Are you fascinated by how government works? Do you follow current events and recent policy decisions closely? Are you interested in a political career? Then you should pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at the University of North Texas.
This degree prepares you for careers in government service, politics and private industry within the United States and abroad. You may:
Our political science alumni include attorneys in the Dallas-Fort Worth region; two former assistant attorney generals of Texas; federal and state judges; and state, county and local legislators. Others fill management positions in private businesses or own companies using the analytical and problem-solving skills they learned in our program.
The Department of Political Science combines cutting-edge research with award-winning teaching to ensure your academic and career goals are met. Our courses provide a deep understanding of relevant issues in local, national and international governments.
To prepare you for law school and the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), we have courses emphasizing written and oral communication, research into problems facing society, logical reasoning and business practices.
Our faculty members are among the most active researchers in the field, and many are considered experts in their focus area. They have written books and articles for respected publications and received numerous grants to study:
We award several scholarships to help you pursue your degree.
The department provides several opportunities to supplement your learning with real-world experience. You may:
We also oversee study abroad programs in London and The Hague, Netherlands.
You can meet other students who share your interest by joining UNTís chapter of Amnesty International, the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance or other politically affiliated groups. You may also be eligible for the Pi Sigma Alpha political science honor society or the Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity.
UNTís Moot Court provides experience in legal research, brief writing and oral argument. Moot Court is a simulation of an appellate courtís proceedings. UNT is recognized as having one of the stateís top Moot Court programs.
For its contributions to the field, our department was selected by the American Political Science Association to house the American Political Science Review, the premier research journal in the discipline. APSA is the disciplineís leading professional association, and UNT is the first university in Texas to house the journal.
We also oversee the Peace Studies program and the Castleberry Peace Institute. Our Peace Studies program is the only one at a four-year university in the Southwest, and the Castleberry Peace Institute houses the regionís only peace studies research center. You can pursue a Peace Studies minor as well.
You may choose courses in American politics, public law, political theory, public policy, comparative politics and international relations. You will also take one required course in political research methods. Several electives help you learn advanced research techniques, making you more competitive in the job market.
All incoming students pursuing a Political Science degree are classified as pre-majors. Moving into major status is based on completing necessary course work and meeting departmental GPA requirements.
The Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting handson experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.
We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the Texas Recommended or Distinguished Achievement Program or the equivalent in high school.
In your junior year, take the SAT or the ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.
In your senior year, apply for admission at Apply Texas by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.
Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.
If youíre attending a Texas community college, you should consult our Transfer Articulation web page, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor/advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will help you receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.
Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. More than 3,500 students transfer to UNT each year. The center is in the University Union, Room 320.