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Bachelor of Science in Political Science

Political Science is a means to understand politics or, in other words, the processes, activities, and behaviors that occur across political systems. The political science program at Georgia Southwestern stresses the importance of practicing political science. Students engage with political science by connecting with political leaders, internships, undergraduate research, and pre-law opportunities.

Graduates commonly find career opportunities in fields such as:

  • National Park Services
  • Legislative Staff Work
  • Business Communications
  • Education
  • Librarian
  • Law Firms
  • Ministry Work
  • Graduate Study
  • Coaching
  • Nonprofit Organizations


Program Curriculum          Minor Curriculum


Undergraduate Major

Bachelor of Science in Political Science

Business, History & Political Science Building


Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Faculty & Staff

Law School Preparation
Connecting to Politicians
Internship Opportunities

Pre-Law Advising

For those students interested in law school, the Department of History and Political Science provides consultations with a designated "Pre-law Advisor." The Pre-law Advisor shares information on law school admission policies, Law School Aptitude Test applications and administration dates, scholarships, law school catalogs, etc. For more information, please contact Dr. Brian Smith, Professor of Political Science at or 229-931-2080.

Pre-Law Quickfacts

Connecting to Politicians

Georgia Southwestern's location allows Political Science majors to easily connect with the rich and complex history of politics from Americus and surrounding areas. Classes and individuals are able to visit locations such as Andersonville National Historic Site, The Jimmy Carter National Historic Park, and the Georgia Veterans State Park as well as engage with local businesses and political leaders through internships and on-campus forums.

Georgia Legislative Intern Program

Juniors or Seniors from any major have the opportunity to participate in the Georgia Legislative Intern Program. This is a full-time internship program where students will receive course credit and a weekly stipend. Upon selection, students are assigned to offices in the Georgia House of Representatives or the Georgia Senate. Interns will may serve in a variety of areas and complete tasks such as legislative tracking, constituent services, media assistance, writing bill summaries, and more! Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and interview with House and Senate staff for consideration to the program.

For more information, please contact GSW's GLIP coordinator Dr. Berggren at

Application Information

Connecting to Politicians

Students are frequently welcomed by the Georgia House of Representatives, the Georgia Capitol, and the Governor throughout various trips and internships during their time at Georgia Southwestern.

I wanted to attend a University that would truly understand and cultivate my goals and after attending Scholar’s Day, I realized that GSW was just that place for me.

Makayla Graham Political Science Major (Pre-Law)
Atlanta, Georgia