School of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences
Political Science

B.A. Political Science

Focused Curriculum

Our engaging and challenging program guides students to develop the necessary tools to make an immediate impact in the professional world. First-year majors begin to develop these skills in the major’s introductory seminars, which emphasize how political scientists think about and propose solutions to important social, economic and political problems. As they advance through the degree, majors choose from an intriguing mix of courses on the American political system, international politics and the research methods that social scientists use to explain and change the world around them. During their final year, all majors complete a capstone experience that involves either a semester-long political internship or substantial research project, which they publicly present at a symposium. Our curriculum provides flexibility for students to complete a second major, foreign study or internship with political campaigns, interest groups or elected officials.

Why should I major in political science at HPU?

  • Build the critical research, writing and analytical skills required to practice, engage and make a difference
  • Develop close relationships with faculty members, who are committed to mentoring them throughout their undergraduate education and beyond
  • Be an informed citizen and ready to participate in political activities
  • Have the versatility to work in private for-profit and nonprofit organizations as well as public sector organizations

What can I do with this major?

Our alumni go on to highly competitive graduate and law schools. They build successful careers in a wide range of areas including, electoral and advocacy campaigns, government service, legal affairs, policy analysis and other fields that require well-honed leadership, critical thinking and communication skills. Students with degrees in political science can enter careers such as:

  • Campaign Worker
  • City Manager
  • Diplomat
  • Political Correspondent
  • Public Opinion Analyst
  • Educator
  • Journalist
  • Urban Policy Planner
  • Politician
  • Social Worker

Getting involved

There are more than 100 campus clubs and organizations to get involved in. Some pertaining to political science interests include:

  • College Democrats
  • College Republicans
  • Model United Nations
  • Political Science Club
  • Pre-Law Club
  • HPU Poll


The High Point Admissions Office is Located in Wrenn Hall.

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