Approximate number of students pursuing this major: 136
Approximate number of students pursuing one of these minors: 56
Majors engaged in research: 100%
Full-time faculty members: 6
Part-time faculty member: 1
Departmental student organizations: Political Science Students Association, Pi Sigma Alpha, College Democrats, College Libertarians, College Republicans, Mock Trial, Pre-Law Club
Political science faculty have been leaders in creating the national Teaching and Learning Conference, sponsored by the American Political Science Association, and play important roles in organizing and presenting papers at the meeting.
Critical Thinking Skills: Develop strong critical thinking and analytical skills. Cultivate research, writing, and oral presentation skills as well. Learn the theories that drive political behavior to understand why things happen in the world of politics.
Focus on the Undergraduate: Unlike many universities where students are taught in a large auditorium or by graduate assistants, you’ll be taught in small classroom settings by professors with doctorates. Benefit from the increased interactions with faculty and fellow students.
Faculty Advising: After your freshman year, receive a faculty member as an advisor. Get expert advice on courses and other academic issues. Build a close-working relationship with a professional who can advise you on the next step in your career, whether it be law school, graduate school or a job in government or in the private sector.
Beyond the Classroom
Study Abroad: Spend a semester or more studying at a university in another country, like many other political science majors. (Political science students have studied at universities in Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Greece, Australia, and China, to name a few.) Work with your advisor and Truman’s Center for International Education to ensure that your courses taken abroad meet your requirements. Truman grants you access to over 500 study abroad opportunities in more than 60 countries. Monetary assistance is available, including Truman State University Foundation Scholarships. Cultural loans are available for all programs, as well.
Internships: Benefit from extensive opportunities for internships. Enticed by the thought of working at Missouri’s State Capitol? Participate in the Missouri Internship Program and spend an entire semester with a state representative, state senator or in the governor’s office. You’ll receive a stipend to defray living expenses.
Other recent internship locations:
U.S. Representative and Senator offices in Washington, D.C.
Local judges, prosecutors and attorneys (Great for those interested in law school!)Earn academic credit that will count toward graduation requirements through these internships.
Student Research: Build strong research by presenting research projects (completed as part of a class requirement or outside of class) at Truman’s Student Research Conference or at the annual meetings of regional and national professional associations. Work with faculty on their research, and possibly co-author a paper with them, and present your findings together at conferences or by publishing your research in professional journals.
Political Groups & Organizations: Gain valuable opportunities for hands-on political experience through politically relevant groups and organizations. Work on numerous campaigns — from President of the United States down to county clerk — learning real world skills from staffing phone banks to organizing rallies and debates. Truman political science majors have served as full, voting delegates to both the Democrat and Republican national conventions, in addition to serving in important leadership roles in other political forums both on and off campus. Graduate with important contacts and references as you begin the next stage of your educational and professional career.
After the Degree
Placement in Top Graduate & Law Schools: Each year since 2003, we have placed between 63% to 79% of our graduates in graduate programs or law schools. Examples of institutions that our graduates have gone on to attend include: