Political Science

The Degree
This program equips students intellectually to comprehend and deal with their political world after graduation as intelligent citizens, journalists, active participants in business or in electoral politics, candidates for offices, public officials or academic political scientists. The program successfully encourages strong critical thinking and writing skills, and is one of the few in the country offering both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science.

Opportunities at Bradley
Outside the classroom, Bradley Political Science majors participate in many cocurricular and cooperative learning experiences, including:

  • Pre-Law Club
  • Mock Trial Team
  • Model UN program
  • College Republicans
  • College Democrats
  • College Libertarians of BU
  • Amnesty International
  • International Affairs Organization
  • Pi Sigma Alpha, a national Political Science honor society

Political Science majors have internship opportunities in government agencies, political parties, campaign organizations or non-profit organizations. These internships give students insight into the reality of politics and government and provide training and contacts that can be helpful in career planning and employment.

Political Science students are encouraged to study abroad, whether over a summer or for one or two semesters. Bradley has developed formal ties with a number of universities worldwide, and students are urged to take advantage of such opportunities. Students may also choose to participate in the Washington Semester, a cooperative venture between Bradley and American University that allows students to study and live in Washington D.C. for a semester. The 12 Washington Semester programs include subjects such as:

  • American Politics
  • Economic Policy
  • Journalism
  • Foreign Policy
  • International Development

Beyond Bradley
The Department of Political Science prides itself on a placement rate as high as 100% in recent years. After graduation, students enter law school, graduate school, MPA programs, and a variety of career fields. Bradley alumni have held or currently hold significant positions at:

  • Texas State Senate
  • Kirkland & Ellis L.L.P.
  • British Telecom
  • University of Cincinnati

Graduates have attended a variety of graduate and law programs including:

  • Harvard University
  • Northwestern University
  • Washington University
  • American University
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Tulane University