Program type:

Grad Track

On Campus
Est. time to complete:

5-6 years
Credit Hours:

Develop perspectives and scientific skills you need to understand the world — and change it for the better.
UNT's Bachelor of Arts in 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. The faculty of the Department of Political Science at the University of North Texas have an outstanding reputation for scholarly research and teaching in a highly-ranked department. The master's program prepares students for academic careers in research and teaching, and professional careers in public service or the private sector.

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Why Earn Combined Political Science Degrees?

UNT’s undergraduate program offers students the opportunity to specialize in American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Theory. The department also has strengths in areas that bridge traditional subfield boundaries, such as Peace and Conflict, Political Institutions, and Race and Ethnic Politics. Exceptional students may also apply to complete a Master's degree in political science while an undergraduate student.

You may choose courses in American politics, public law, political theory, public policy, government and politics around the world, and international relations. You'll 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. We also oversee a study abroad program at The Hague, Netherlands where you can live in an international hub for justice and law.

The Master's degree in Political Science is intended to prepare students for academic careers in research and teaching, and professional careers in public service or the private sector. It may thus serve the needs of both students and practitioners of government, politics, and business. While pursuing your degree, you'll examine politics from both substantive and methodological aspects.

UNT offers excellent faculty, high-profile research opportunities and the flexibility to explore special interests. Students can choose to focus on American government and public law, comparative government and politics, international relations or political theory. They can also develop expertise in survey research and statistical analysis.

Benefits of Grad Track

  • Earn your master’s in less time
  • Cut expenses as students will be charged undergraduate tuition rates
  • Prepares the student for the rigors of graduate-level coursework while still an undergraduate
  • Provides uninterrupted continuity of the knowledge gained as an undergraduate to graduate-level courses
Marketable Skills
  • Oral and written communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership abilities
  • Basic public communication
  • Basic analytical thinking
  • Basic data collection and analysis
  • Statistical software literacy
  • Knowledge-building ability

Combined Political Science Degrees Highlights

UNT's Moot Court provides experience in legal research, brief writing and oral argument. Moot Court is a simulation of an appellate court's proceedings. UNT has one of the state's top Moot Court programs.
The Department of Political Science also oversees the Peace Studies program and the Castleberry Peace Institute. Our Peace Studies program is the only one of its kind at a four-year university in the Southwest.
You can meet other students who share your interest by joining one of UNT's politically affiliated student groups, the Pi Sigma Alpha national political science honor society or the Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity.
Because of our close student-faculty research collaboration, students get involved in research early in their graduate education. You may participate in grant-funded research as a paid assistant or aid faculty members on publications.
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.
The Department of Political Science provides opportunities to supplement your learning with real-world experience, including research assistantships, department-sponsored internships, and research presentations at conferences.

What Can You Do With Combined Political Science Degrees?

A political science degree teaches you analytical opens the door to jobs in public, non-profit, and private organizations. Many political science majors pursue careers in:

  • Politics
  • Federal, state, and local government
  • Law
  • Teaching

Combined Political Science Degrees Courses You Could Take

Political Economy of Race, Gender and Immigration (3 hrs)
Examines theoretical approaches to understanding and integrating gender, race, and immigration in economics and their political impact. Additionally, examines capitalist development in the context of race, gender, and immigration both historically and in the modern political era on the national, state, and local level.
Revolution and Political Violence (3 hrs)
Causes and consequences of revolution and other forms of political violence in nation.
Quantitative Political Research Methods (3 hrs)
Empirical research design and contemporary statistical applications in political science, including an introduction to the use of computers.
Seminar in American Government and Politics (3 hrs)
Analysis of pertinent government and political problems confronting the American people on the national, state and local levels.
Proseminar in American Political Behavior (3 hrs)
Concepts, research, analytical methods and literature drawn from the leading scholars in the various areas of American political behavior.
The Legislative Process (3 hrs)
Legislative behavior, representation, selection of legislators, organization and procedures; relationships to other branches of government.

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