Political Science (B.A.)

"A diverse field of study exploring political and social phenomena around the world."

 Political Science (B.A.) at USC Upstate

About the Political Science Major

A B.A. in Political science is designed to give you the critical thinking skills and writing skills necessary to thrive whatever your career choice. Our award-winning faculty members are known for their teaching and research skills. We offer one-on-one advising and mentorship, and love conducting research projects with our students. We offer a variety of extracurricular and co-curricular activities including Mock Trial, internships, study abroad experiences, and student organizations.

Careers in Political Science

HPPA programs help prepare students for careers as attorneys, historians, researchers and data scientists, educators, civil servants, as well as any field that values critical thinking, writing, and research skills. Our graduates have also gone on to complete masters and doctoral degrees Political Science, Law, Public Administration, and Education.

Our alumni work locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally as lawyers, paralegals, survey statisticians, city planners, teachers, and officers in the armed services.

Degree Completion

With a large number of electives and only four required courses, Political Science is ideal for a second major or for students who want to complete a degree by transferring to USC Upstate or by going back to college after some time out of school. Our faculty advisors work hard to make your courses fit as well as possible into the major.


If you have questions about our major, you can contact Department Chair Dr. Trevor Rubenzer at Rubenzer@uscupstate.edu or call 864-503-5633. You can also reach our administrative professional Barbara Chastain at 864-503-7033. We look forward to hearing from you!