Bachelor's Degree Program
Why do we pay taxes? Where do laws come from, and why do they change? How do people vote? How can nations solve problems and conflicts short of war? This is the study of political science.
When you major in political science at UAF, you’ll learn to apply political knowledge to concrete human problems. You’ll have opportunities to take part in real-world learning experiences including internships, Model United Nations simulations and more. You’ll also benefit from close interactions with caring, dedicated faculty who bring diverse research expertise to the classroom.
The strong understanding of local, national and international politics you develop through this program will be an asset to you throughout your career. When you complete your bachelor’s degree, you’ll be ready for a range of exciting careers in education, media, politics and more, as well as graduate school opportunities.
In addition to the Bachelor of Arts degree, the Department of Political Science at UAF also offers minors in law and society, environmental politics and political science.
What Is Political Science?
As the study of power, political science explains who gets what, when, where and how. It examines the struggles over the claims to authority put forth to shape the lives of citizens and the world. As the study of values, it examines why citizens obey or rebel, the nature of the just society and the ways individuals reconcile personal liberty with political authority. As the science of political behavior, it analyzes the actions of interest groups, political parties and public officials.
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Why Study Political Science at UAF?
Politics is around us everywhere, not just in governments but in families, social organizations, schools and decision-making bodies of all types—from student councils to international institutions. Now more than ever, our political science degree provides education for citizenship in a changing nation and world.
Here are some of the opportunities you can look forward to as a political science major at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
What Can You Do With a Political Science Degree?
As a political science major, you’ll develop communication, research and analytical thinking skills you can apply to many different careers and endeavors. From teaching, to law school, to careers in international politics, it’s all possible with a degree in political science from UAF.
Ultimately, what you do with a political science degree is up to you, but a background in political science will benefit you throughout your life by giving you the analytical tools to understand and act on the politics affecting you.
Explore Classes for Political Science Majors
Courses are offered in the traditional fields of international and comparative politics, American government, political theory, public policy and public law. The department also offers classes in environmental policy and politics, Native American studies, the politics of science and women’s studies.
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