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Political Science



Some people only pay attention to politics once every four years. You understand that politics underpin our daily lives, and have the power to influence society for decades to come. Whether you choose an American or an international concentration, a political science degree from TROY will prep you for a career in public service, government, teaching, international relations, and any field that requires relational thinking and an understanding of our rights and duties as citizens.

Department of Political Science


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The purpose of the undergraduate program in political science is to provide knowledge and skills necessary to prepare individuals for: (1) entry level leadership positions in government service, public management, or the military; (2) a sufficient level of academic skills necessary to gain entry into and succeed in advanced, graduate study in the field of political science or post-graduate professional education, such as law school; and (3) work in a position in the private sector, such as journalism, communication, and business where knowledge of politics, public policy or governmental relations is of particular importance.

Careers in Political Science

Careers for majors in Political Science are thriving. These include:

  • Law (about 20% of all law students majored in political science)
  • Government and Public Administration (federal, state, and local government agencies actively recruit political science majors)
  • Military Service
  • International Organizations
  • Political Organizations
  • Journalism
  • Multinational Corporations (corporate-governmental affairs is a rapidly growing segment of the private sector)
  • Teaching (at the high school and university level)

Prospective Students Bachelor of Political Science

If you are interested in Troy University's Political Science major or minor, please send your name and mailing address to Bobbi Jo Balthaser, Department Secretary for an information packet.

Master of Science in International Relations Please contact Dr. Charles Krupnick

Master of Public Administration Please contact Dr. Samuel Shelton at

Troy University Department of Political Science 331 McCall Hall (MSCX) Troy, AL 36082 
Phone: (334) 670-5926

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Troy University offers three concentration under the political science degree. They are as follows:
    1. American Politics
    2. International Politics
    3. Public Administration
Specialized General Studies Requirements (6hours)

The courses are required of all political science majors. However, these courses may not be included in the 36 hours required of the major no do they apply to the required hours in Area IV of General Studies.

Area V of General Studies
POL2241---------------American National Governement------------3
POL2260-------------- World Politics ------------------------------------3
***NOTE Political Science Majors are encouraged to have:
POL2240-----Honors American National Governememnt---------3
Political Science Major Requirements (36 hours)
POL3300---------Foundations of Political Science----------------3
POL3330---------Political Theory---------------------------------3

Select one of the following concentration:
American Politic Concentration

Select 15 hours from the following:
POL3340--------U.S. Government-Executive Branch---------3
POL3341--------U.S. Government-Legislative Branch--------3
POL3342--------U.S. Government-Judicial Branch------------3
POL3343--------American Political Process--------------------3
POL3364---------State and Local Politics----------------------3
POL4420---------Constitutional Law----------------------------3
POL4422---------Public Policy Making--------------------------3
POL4423---------American Foreign Policy---------------------3
POL4424----------Contempory American Foreign Policy-----3
POL4471-----------Intergovernmental Relations--------------3

Select an additional 15 hours of upper-level (3000-4000) political science courses, as approved by your academic advisor.

International Politics Concentration
POL3351------------International Relations----------------------3
POL 4410-----------International Political Economy-------------3
POL4433-----------Comparative Gevernment-------------------3

Select 6 hours from the following:
POL4415------------Intrenational Conflict------------------------3
POL4423------------American Foreign Policy---------------------3
POL4424------------Contemporary American Foreign Policy----3
POL4432------------Comparative Public Relations---------------3
POL4445------------Inter-American Relations-------------------3
POL4450------------Latin American Politics----------------------3
POL4452------------International Law----------------------------3
POL4460-----------Intercultural Relations------------------------3
POL4465-----------Politics of the Developing World-------------3
POL4466-----------Middle Eastern Politics-----------------------3
POL4474-----------Political Violence and Terrorism-------------3
POL4476-----------Political of Southeast Asia-------------------3

Select an additional 15 hours of upper-level (3000-4000) political science courses, as approved by your academic advisor.

Public Administration Concentration
POL3364---------State and Local Politics------------------------3
POL4421---------Introduction to Public Administration---------3
POL4422---------Public Policy Making---------------------------3
POL4432---------Comparative Public Policy---------------------3
POL4451---------Public Personnel Administration---------------3
POL4453---------Bureaucratic Politics---------------------------3
POL4471---------Intergovernmental Relations-----------------3
POL4472---------Administrative Law-----------------------------3

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