What will I learn?

Political systems provide constant challenges and opportunities for engagement, and you have a sense of curiosity about the grand questions of our time. Find ways to address today's local and global issues, using critical thinking and reasoning to move beyond opinions and truly understand our complex world.

What you'll study: The political science major focuses on both the U.S. political system (the forces that influence it and the consequences for the nation) and international political systems (international relations, global institutions, and international alliances). Dig deeper with courses on elections, Congress, research methods, politics in Latin America and the Middle East, and the First Amendment.

How you'll learn more: Strengthen your analytical and negation skills in Model United Nations competitions with our award-winning team. Research and defend a legal stance in a courtroom setting on our Mock Trial team. Hear from and engage with visiting authors, political figures, and activists. And take advantage of the uniquely international flavor and political dynamism that characterizes South Florida.

Where it can take you: Politics may seem like the most obvious choice, but there are plenty of opportunities to apply your knowledge in law, journalism, nonprofit organizations, or education. An increasingly globalized world requires more politically savvy business leaders and government officials. Advance your studies at the graduate level in international affairs, business, or law.

Learning Outcomes

A successful political science graduate is expected to:

  • Explain the processes of the American political system, including the functions of and interactions among the different branches of the federal government;
  • Explain the processes of political systems outside the U.S., including variation in the structure and role of governments of different nations and the role of international relations;
  • Apply political philosophy and theory to issues of U.S. and international politics;
  • Utilize appropriate political science research methods in preparing written arguments about political issues.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program can become leaders in a variety of professional positions and industries, including:

  • Analyst
  • Campaign Management
  • Education
  • Government (federal, state, local)
  • International Organizations (NGOs)
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Nonprofit, Public Service Organizations
  • Politics
  • Public Policy (Creation, Development, Evaluation)

Which department am I in?

Halmos College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$32,370.00 per year
USD $16,185 per semester (12-18 credits); USD $1,079 per credit (for under 12 credits and for credit in excess of 18 credits)
Start date

3 January 2022, 9 May 2022


Halmos College of Arts and Sciences

3301 College Avenue,



33314, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must complete Secondary School/Post-Secondary.

For international students

Students are required to complete high school education equivalent to US High School qualification. Proof of English language proficiency with a passing score on one of the following:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 213 on the computer-based test; 550 on the paper-based test; or 79 on the Internet-based test
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS*): 6.0 or higher on the test module
  • Pearson Test of English-Academic (PTE Academic): Overall score of 54 or higher
  • iTep Academic (International Test of English Proficiency): Overall score of 3.9 or higher
  • Passing Level 9 from TALK International
  • Completion and passing of ELS Level 112 Intensive Program English for Academic Purposes
  • SAT verbal scores of 520 or above, or ACT English score of 20

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.