Bachelor in Political Science


Program Description

Political Science involves the study of politics and international relations. The program is committed to developing the complete student who can easily function in a local or global community. The program expects students to reflect on their role in any community as participants and human beings. The emphasis placed on skills development, self-awareness, ethical responsibility, and cultural understanding is an acknowledgment of the program’s devotion to the substantive reasons and benefits of the Ferrum College experience. The political science program also understands the logic of students engaged in experiential and community-based learning. By emphasizing service learning, the program encourages its students to combine critical citizenship, reasoning and effective social transformation. It recognizes that it must expose its students to a liberal learning environment that promotes specific foundational civic skills and community building.

Emphasis Areas

Political Science

Emphasis Courses in Political Science may include:

  • Citizenship and Service Learning
  • American National Government and Politics
  • Social Science Research

Democracy, Justice and Civic Engagement

Courses in Democracy, Justice and Civic Engagement may include:

  • Media and Politics
  • Political Evil
  • Modern Ideologies
  • Research Methods / Pexels


  • Citizenship and Service Learning
  • Comparative Government
  • Constitutional Law
  • International Law & Organization
  • International Politics
  • Media and Politics
  • Politics & Human Rights
  • Policy Analysis
  • Political Theory
  • Political Evil


There are over 50 clubs and organizations available to students at Ferrum College. These are specifically related to Political Science:

  • Iron Blade: Campus newspaper
  • Pi Sigma Alpha: Political Science National Honor Society
  • The Passport: Student publication
  • No Labels: Non-partisan civic organization

Research Opportunities

  • Annual Model United Nations Security Council Simulation Exercise: A role-playing experience designed to convey the full richness, complexity, drama, and importance of international affairs. The Model United Nations is a full-day activity that provides students with the opportunity to act as international policymakers seeking to resolve serious and sometimes protracted crises.
  • Civic Engagement and Service Learning: Students participate in specific service-based initiatives that highlight the connection between community building and classroom learning.
  • Internships: Students are strongly urged to explore career opportunities and to establish mentors through an internship. In the past, students have had internships in the offices of a US senator, a member of the House of Representatives, a governor of Virginia, several lawyers’ offices, with law enforcement, and other federal and local government agencies.
  • Student Government Association (SGA): Enables students to become actively involved in the governing of their lives on campus.

Career Opportunities

What can I be with a major in Political Science?

  • Policy Analyst
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Social Media Manager
  • Political Consultant
  • Attorney
Last updated February 2019

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