Political Science

Degree Plan

Pre-Law Degree Plan

If you are interested in working in or near our political system, a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) will help you develop the skills needed to succeed. A B.S. in Political Science prepares you to work in for-profit and non-profit organizations within the public and private sectors. Want to learn more? Request information on the programs that interest you.

The Political Science major employs a two-track system to help students better understand the theories and philosophies of political systems that are consistent with the career you wish to pursue. The Political Science track focuses on the research behind political science and how it is done to properly integrate a theoretical understanding of the political world to the realities of the politics. The Pre-Law track focuses on the theoretical underpinnings of our legal system and its relation to the political world. Both tracks foster critical and creative thinking in the research and synthesis process. For students of all backgrounds who want to develop a diverse set of skills that can be employed in a variety of environments a degree in Political Science opens the doors to all kinds of opportunities. 

A bachelor's degree makes you more competitive for job opportunities and helps you advance to managerial positions for various employers. The political science bachelor's degree combined with internship experience, foreign language skills, mathematical/statistical skills, computer programming skills, or a graduate degree can lead to high-paying careers, such as:

  • City and County Administrators
  • State and Federal Agency Administrators
  • Regional Planners
  • Intelligence Analysts
  • Research Analysts
  • Public Policy Analysts
  • Executive Staffers
  • Legislative Staffers
  • Foreign Service Officers
  • Law Clerks
  • Judicial Administrators
  • Federal Law Enforcement Agents
  • Campaign Administrators
  • Nonprofit Managers/Administrators
  • Special Interest Advocates/Lobbyists
  • Fundraising Specialists
  • Political Journalism
  • Political News Reporters
  • Online Content Managers
  • Political Cable Television/Broadcasting
  • Political News/Content Producer
  • Public Relations Specialists
  • Political Editors
  • Circulation Managers
  • Sales Associates
  • Political News/Content Programmer

Positions for Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with an advanced degree (M.A., M.S., Ph.D., or J.D.) or additional certification (usually for teaching):

  • Attorneys/Lawyers
  • Administrative Law Judges
  • Arbitrators
  • Judges
  • Mediators
  • Teachers
  • Education Administration
  • College Professors

Contact Your Advisor

Ms. May is available at the Victoria campus for advising. Advisors help students with 45 or more hours via face-to-face, phone, or email. Students with fewer than 45 hours will need to contact a Student Success Coach for advisement. Appointments are required.  Please call (361) 570-4201 to schedule an appointment.