Political science

Bachelor of arts University of Missouri-St. Louis
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Overview

The bachelor of arts in political science program is intended to help students understand the fundamentals of scientific-based inquiry, the postulating of cause-effect relationships, and the marshaling of evidence using quantitative or qualitative methods to draw conclusions about problems in politics. 

UMSL’s political science majors want to make a difference. Our graduates are working to make a better world as leaders of public, nonprofit and business organizations in the United States and around the globe. They include elected officials, judges, agency heads, attorneys, corporate public affairs executives, university professors, secondary school educators, foundation officers and policy advocates.

Learn more about the faculty in UMSL's Department of Political Science.

Quick facts

Official name

Bachelor of arts in political science

Campus

University of Missouri-St. Louis

Program type

Bachelor's degree

Academic home

College of Arts & Sciences | Department of Political Science

Delivery mode

100% online

Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission

Credit hours

120

Estimated cost

$46,812.00

Transfer credit hours

60

Transfer estimated cost

$23,406.00

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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Career prospects

Our graduates work in a variety of settings including the U.S. Foreign Service, CIA, U.S. Institute for Peace, nonprofits and government. The variety of skills students develop, coupled with internship experience, make our graduates strong candidates on the job market. Political science is also a path to graduate school and the top major of law school applicants.

Burning Glass Technologies. 2021. Salary numbers and employment growth numbers are based on models that consider advertised job posting salary, Bureau of Labor Statistics data and other proprietary and public sources of information for multiple occupations.
4.74%
employment growth
Burning Glass Technologies. 2021. Salary numbers and employment growth numbers are based on models that consider advertised job posting salary, Bureau of Labor Statistics data and other proprietary and public sources of information for multiple occupations.
$52,000
median salary

Program structure

Delivery of this program is 100% online: no campus visits are required. Courses are semester-based.

Course work includes

  • Introduction to American politics
  • World politics
  • Political analysis

Delivery

100% online

Calendar system

Semester

Accreditation

The University of Missouri-St. Louis is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

Faculty spotlight

David Kimball.

Professor Kimball’s research and teaching focus on American government, election administration, political parties, public opinion, voting behavior and interest groups. He has participated as an expert in several court cases on election administration, voting rights and redistricting. He is the co-author of three books: Helping America Vote, Lobbying and Policy Change, and Why Americans Split Their Tickets. He is co-editor of Controversies in Voting Behavior.

David C. Kimball, PhD
Professor, Interim Chair of Political Science
Anita Manion.

Professor Manion teaches courses in American politics, public policy, leadership, and gender and politics. Along with her teaching experience, Professor Manion brings broad experience in higher education leadership and administration. Her research focuses the impact of policy on issues of economic inequality—particularly K-12 and higher education policy. Professor Manion is the political analyst for KSDK news (NBC affiliate) and provides political insight for media outlets in the region. She was the recipient of the 2019 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2020 Excellence in Civic Engagement Award.

Anita Manion, PhD
Assistant Professor

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Political Science