Our outstanding political science bachelor’s degree program offers concentrations in pre-law and liberal arts. The pre-law concentration provides an in-depth curriculum ranging from introduction to law to LSAT preparation. Our pre-law students receive comprehensive advising, and our graduates have an excellent track record of being accepted to law school and succeeding in the legal profession.
The liberal arts concentration provides a comprehensive education in American federal, state and local government and the political process with a focus on Southwest and minority political studies. International politics is another strong component of the program. Internships give our students real-world professional experience in political campaigns and other settings.
Our political science majors develop the strong critical thinking, writing and communication skills that employers value more than ever. Some career paths for political science graduates include lawyer, community organizer, congressional staffer, political campaign manager, international organization manager, legislative aide, corporate public affairs adviser, labor relations specialist, public affairs research analyst, and secondary government teacher.
Our graduates have landed jobs with employers such as U.S. senators and congressman, state legislators, Amnesty International, the Peace Corps, and the FBI. Many have started their own law firms or served as public prosecutors. Our graduates have a strong record of completing doctoral programs in political science and becoming college professors. Others have served with distinction as elected officials.
Our dedicated and distinguished faculty has diverse expertise, including international relations, U.S. foreign policy, politics of the Southwest and New Mexico, Latino/a public policy, tribal law, state and local government, liberation struggles in third world countries, political theory, U.S. and New Mexico legal systems, political economics, and more.