Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

If you’re seeking a B.S. Political Science or a B.A. Political Science in International Relations, ACU’s political science programs offer courses that are both challenging and rewarding.

Passionate about politics? Interested in criminal justice? Earning a bachelor degree in political science will give you an understanding of political ideas and processes, from local to global governments and institutions. You will also develop strong writing, research, and analytical skills, which are attractive traits to employers in all industries.

Our political science program was designed to give you the option to focus on world politics, through a Bachelor of Science, or on criminal justice, through a Bachelor of Arts.

A bachelor in political science is not just a perfect major for those looking to pursue domestic or international government service; it is also a foundation for careers in criminal justice, business, journalism and education -- and for entry into law school. A degree in political science (B.S.) or political science (B.A.) will lay the foundation for an exciting and challenging career.

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Jack Pope Fellows at Texas Capitol

What can you do after graduation?

  • Policy Analyst
  • Mediator
  • Lobbyist
  • Political Correspondent
  • Public Affairs Research Analyst
  • State Legislator
  • Urban Policy Planner
  • Polling Analyst
  • Politician
  • Campaign Staff

Degree Details


Political Science (B.S.)

International Relations and Comparative Politics (B.A.)

Required Hours

University Requirements: 56 credit hours + Major Requirements: 45-46 credit hours (Choice of 2 tracks) + Electives: 26-27 credit hours = Total Required: 128 credit hours*

*Based on track selection

Example Coursework


Application Deadlines

Regular: February 1st

National Candidates: May 1st

Early Bird: November 1st

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Experiential Learning Opportunities

Political science students can take part in a number of co-curricular opportunities, including:

  • Internships at all levels of the government
  • Jack Pope Fellows Program
  • International Justice Missions
  • Various political student groups
  • Wishing Well (service program)
  • Phi Eta Sigma (honor society for freshman majors
Mackenzie Sanderson posing in front of brick wall holding her hat

Fulbright Scholar Mackenzie Sanderson in Germany