Have you ever thought about how candidates are chosen or how we end up with the choices we get, or the kinds of things that motivate people to vote? Have you ever wondered about the origins of civil and military conflicts in the Middle East? Have you ever considered the differences between authoritarian and democratic systems in Mexico, Central and South America? Are you concerned about critical issues such as health, the environment, and civil rights? Do you want to study these subjects and pursue a career based on your interests? If so, you should major in political science. Political science uses both humanistic and scientific perspectives and skills to examine the United States, all countries and regions of the world, and international relations. Because of its breadth and diversity, political science is a very popular undergraduate major.
Political science majors acquire skills in writing, communications, and analysis that are critical to a liberal arts education. A liberal arts education prepares students to think independently, with tolerance for others and concern for current affairs. Today, students can reasonably expect to change jobs and even to have more than one career. An undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences is excellent preparation for flexibility in employment.
Political science majors qualify for many different careers in private and public sector organizations, including careers in business, the law, state, local and federal government, journalism, international organizations and finance, political campaigns, interest groups and associations, and pre-college and college teaching.
Political science training also provides valuable preparation for participation in community organizations, electoral politics, movements on behalf of specific policies, or even seeking elected or appointed positions in governments. Many of these are voluntary activities. But opportunities also exist for part-time and full-time positions in politics and government, particularly at the local level.
Political science majors at UNM select courses that interest them and prepare them for professional or graduate education or for careers that can be entered with a B.A. degree.
The University of New Mexico serves recent high school graduates, transfer students, non-degree students, returning and non-traditional students. For undergraduate admission requirements and procedures, contact the Office of Admissions.