Sociology and Political Science

About the Major

The Political Science program within the Department of Sociology and Political Science offers a variety of academic courses, all of which are consistent with the missions of the University and the College of Arts and Sciences in the areas of instruction, research, technology, and service.

The Political Science curriculum is informally divided into the following subfields:

American government
Public law
International relations
Comparative politics
Political institutions
Political theory
State and local government

The political science program is at the undergraduate level and leads to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Students can complete the general Political Science degree or complete a degree in Political Science with a concentration in Legal Studies. The department also offers a variety of professional development opportunities for political science majors. Majors will have the opportunities to intern with a variety of local, state, and national political organizations and agencies, to take part in TTU's independent Pre-Law program, and take part in various activities such Model United Nations and Moot Court competitions.

According to the American Political Science Association,

Political science is the study of governments, public policies and political processes, systems, and political behavior. Political science subfields include political theory, political philosophy, political ideology, political economy, policy studies and analysis, comparative politics, international relations, and a host of related fields... Political scientists use both humanistic and scientific perspectives and tools and a variety of methodological approaches to examine the process, systems, and political dynamics of all countries and regions of the world.


American Government and Politics
Comparative Politics
International Relations/ International Politics
Law and Courts
Political Institutions
Political Philosophy
Public Law and Policy
Public Administration


Advanced industrial Societies
Regional Politics
Civil Rights and Liberties
Conflict Processes
Constitutional Law
Criminal Justice
Developing Nations
Economic Policy
Education Policy
Electoral Behavior
Electoral Systems
Energy Policy
Ethnic Politics
Evaluation Research
Feminist Theory
Foreign Policy
Gay and Lesbian Politics
Gender Politics and Policy
Health Care Policy
Historical Political Thought
History and Politics
Housing Policy
Immigration Policy
International Law
International Organizations
International Political Economy
International Security
Judicial Politics
Labor Policy
Leadership Studies
Literature and Politics
Political Behavior
Political Communication
Political Development
Political Economy
Political Parties and Organizations
Political Psychology
Public Finance and Budget
Public Opinion
Regulatory Policy
Religion and Politics
Science and Technology
Social Movements
Social Welfare Policy
State Politics
Trade Policy
Urban Politics
Women and Politics