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Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Become an engaged citizen and make a difference in the fight for social justice by majoring in political science at Winston-Salem State University. A degree in political science provides a strong foundation for success in graduate or law school — or for contributing to meaningful change in whichever career field you choose to pursue.

Your political science degree coursework at WSSU will prepare you to participate in local and national political processes and broaden your horizons with an emphasis on global justice issues. In fact, the critical thinking, communication and research skills you’ll learn in your political science major will boost you to success in any profession.

Political science degree options at Winston-Salem State University

WSSU’s College of Arts, Sciences, Business and Education promotes an environment of collaboration, appreciation for diversity and free, open and ethical inquiry. As you prepare to be a leader in a political science job, you’ll have the opportunity to focus your studies in one of several concentrations:

WSSU also offers an honors curriculum for political science majors who qualify.

Earn Your BA in Political Science at Winston-Salem State University

Political choices affect every one of us, every day. Majoring in political science at WSSU will equip and empower you to play a role in influencing the future of your community. We pride ourselves on promoting curricular themes that foster awareness, interest, concern and responsibility in our student leaders. In addition to your political science major coursework, you’ll explore concepts vital to today’s world, such as globalization, diversity, sustainability, civic engagement, moral and ethical reasoning and healthy living.

A shared passion for social justice

When you choose WSSU for your undergraduate degree in political science, you’ll join a historically Black institution focused on social justice issues at the individual, community and societal levels. In addition to studying foundational concepts in your courses, you’ll be challenged to explore issues in international relations and the African American experience.

Experienced and dedicated faculty

Your political science degree faculty go beyond leading your study in the classroom. With their wealth of publications and experience, WSSU’s faculty are also mentors who believe in you. As a political science major, you’ll be challenged to achieve your best, but you can also expect care, respect and personal attention as part of our “Ramily.”

Advanced learning through experience

Some of the most important learning you’ll do as a political science major at WSSU happens outside the classroom. Whether through participation in mock trials, internships or even study abroad opportunities, our graduates stand out with real-world and real-time practice and expertise.

What You Can Do With Your Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science

The versatile skills you’ll develop as part of this undergraduate degree can make it a springboard to a range of political science jobs in both the public and private sectors.

WSSU’s graduates majoring in political science are well-equipped for further study in graduate or law school, prepared to serve as elected officials or community organizers, and many more career paths, such as:

Career outlook for Political Science graduates

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of political scientists is projected to grow 9% through 2030.

The median annual wage for political scientists was $125,350 in May 2020.

Explore Classes for the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Our political science degree curriculum will introduce you to concepts, principles, processes and theory related to American and international governance, policy, relations and law. Political science majors at WSSU develop critical research and problem-solving skills through core courses while exploring their own interests in elective courses such as:

View the full political science degree program requirements and course catalog.

Your Experience as a Political Science Major at Winston-Salem State

Student Life at WSSU

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Support and Resources Available to You

At WSSU, you’ll make lifelong connections as you participate in campus traditions that date back to our founding in 1892. Celebrate Founder’s Day, football games and Homecoming with your Ramily.

You’ll also have opportunities to help shape governing policies that affect the student body as a member of our Student Government Association . Join the Model United Nations Organization to sharpen your speaking, debating, teamwork and leadership skills as you broaden your horizons.

We believe that cost shouldn't be a barrier to higher education. Earn your degree in political science at WSSU, ranked the No. 2 HBCU in the nation for quality and affordability. In fact, nearly 90% of WSSU students receive some form of financial aid.

Learn more about all your options for paying for college at WSSU.

The College of Arts, Sciences, Business and Education promises a creative education, a collaborative learning community and a committed faculty. Throughout your journey as a political science major, you’ll be supported by advisors, faculty and staff to achieve your best.

Share ideas and explore new ways of thinking through The Ideas Lab @ The College. When it’s time to start thinking about your post-graduation plans, our Career Development Services can help you polish your resume and strategize your search for political science jobs.

Learn more about the Department of History, Politics and Social Justice

Take the Next Step

Bring your passion to advocate for social justice and change to WSSU’s political science degree program. We’ll help you #BeTheNext leader in your community and beyond.

The faculty within the Social Science department challenged me beyond my wildest dreams. My professors were vested in my success on a personal level and made sure that I was prepared for intellectual and professional rigor upon graduating.

Quiana H., Political Science B.A.

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