Political Science

Bachelor of Arts

Be a force for change

As a political science major at Lynn University, advance your understanding of political processes, structures and functions at the local, national, regional and global levels.

Gain a multitude of hands-on learning experiences that will prepare you for a variety of political science jobs. Speak with military officers, members of Congress, U.S. presidents and ambassadors, and discover the world of politics. As a political science major, you’ll gain a detailed foundation in both local and global political relations.

As a political science major, you’ll learn

  • Critical and independent thinking about politics, history and international affairs
  • Past and present political issues in the U.S., with regional and global contexts
  • Courses that integrate guest lectures, classic and contemporary readings, dialogues, technology, field research, role-playing and more
  • Public policy, political theories and ideologies, diplomacy, and conflict resolution and critical issues in politics

Curriculum & requirements

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Career opportunities

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Deshani Gunathilake, political science major
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Political Science curriculum

On your journey to earning a political science degree, you will experience politics through courses that integrate lectures, classic and contemporary readings, dialogues, technology, and hands-on learning in the form of field research, study tours, the Model UN and role-playing simulations. 

Graduates must complete a total of 120 credits in the following categories:

  • 48 university core curriculum credits
  • 45 major credits
  • 27 elective credits

Course preview

POL 401 Political Economy
Explore issues such as taxation, regulation, stimulus, organized labor and other issues of economic management both historically and in contemporary times. Examine the international political economy in terms of trade, development, currency and international organizations.

IRPS 220 Global Human Rights
Focus on the political aspects of human rights in a number of contexts: theoretical/philosophical, legal and public policy. Through the use of documentaries and movies, survey some of the most critical and controversial human rights (e.g., self-determination, genocide/ethnocide, women’s and children’s rights, and labor rights) and the relevant mechanisms and institutions for the successful implementation of human rights norms, standards and practices.

POL 201 Public Policy
Discover how issues and problems in society become part of the political agenda and how governmental policies (economic, social, regulatory, foreign, security and so on) are formulated, implemented, and evaluated. Study the politics of the legislative process and a wide array of historical and contemporary policy debates and controversies.


Political science jobs

As a political science major, you’ll gain the knowledge required for an array of job opportunities, including:

  • Human rights advocate or lobbyist
  • Nonprofit organization employee
  • Government agency employee
  • Political adviser
  • Campaign staffer

You may also choose to continue your studies in a graduate program, such as the M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration at Lynn, and pursue one of the following career paths:

  • College professor
  • Public administration
  • Political consultant
  • Legislative staff member
  • White house adviser
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