College of Arts and Sciences
Political Science


Students choose to study politics because they want to be challenged to make a difference in the world. The political science program at High Point University thus centers on the development of strong technical skills and an advanced understanding of political behavior and its consequences for many of the most important issues that shape our lives and the world.

The PSC curriculum is designed to give students many course choices, while ensuring that they develop the must-have tools for today’s competitive professional job market or graduate school. First year students begin to hone these skills in one of the major’s introductory seminars, which emphasize how political scientists understand and offer solutions to fundamental social, economic, and political problems. Other foundational coursework guides majors through an mix of courses on the workings of the American political system, the methods that political scientists use, and foreign politics. During their final year, majors have the choice of completing their major with either a political internship or our senior thesis seminar, where each major works one-on-one with a faculty member to writes and publicly present a substantial research paper. Along the way, most majors and minors complement their formal coursework and in-class simulations with hands-on experience gained from structured internships, a semester abroad, or studying in Washington through either the department’s May travel course or with in the HPU-Washington Center program. While each year a large share of our program graduates choose to head straight into professional programs or tp graduate school, many alums go directly into professional positions with political organizations or other fields related to their degree.

We welcome your feedback. If you have any questions about our program or need any assistance, please contact any member of our faculty.



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