Students are offered a wide range of courses in several areas including political theory, comparative politics, international politics, American government, public law, public administration, and methodology. These areas draw on the related disciplines of economics, history, and sociology. The study of political science assists students to develop reasoning and analytical skills and in building competence in oral and written expression. Students are also given the opportunity to learn research and methodology procedures, and are encouraged to become familiar with statistical analysis and use of the computer. The Department of Political Science has designed its program not only to develop informed and active citizens, but also to be useful for those who plan careers in higher education, the legal profession, state and local government, urban planning, the federal bureaucracy, journalism, or any other field that requires critical thinking and analysis. Political science also provides an excellent background for those who wish to pursue advanced studies in business, law, or public administration.
The difference in the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science would be that the Bachelor of Arts requires foreign language courses and the Bachelor of Science requires additional math and science courses with no foreign language requirement.
Many of our graduates have gone on to some of the country's most prestigious graduate programs and schools. Graduating seniors have also found a range of employment opportunities in communication, education, journalism, law, politics, and public service. UH Political Science Alumni have received offers as Analysts, Managers, Education Coordinators, Researchers, Paralegals, etc. working for local and state government agencies, multinational corporations and prestigious law firms. More information regarding job titles, salary information of Cougar Alumni as well as national salary information can be found at Cougar Careers . For assistance in career planning and development, please visit University Career Services .
Contact InformationDepartment of Political Science
447 Philip Guthrie Hoffman Hall
Houston, TX 77204