College of Social and Behavioral Science
Address: 332 South 1400 East, Bldg 73 Rm 223, Salt Lake City, UT, 84112
Department Chair: Mark Button, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Coordinator: Sandy Hiskey
Undergraduate Advisors: Ana Nelson
Political scientist’s study the manner in which people organize, administer, and seek to improve their governments. Students and faculty study the privileges and responsibilities of citizenship, the uses and abuses of power, and America’s relations with other nations. Political science is a broad area of study that provides excellent undergraduate preparation for graduate work in law, public administration, and advanced studies in political science. Graduates with a B.A. or B.S. from the department may find entry-level positions with a wide variety of employers such as governments at the local, state, and federal level; colleges and universities; business firms; news and television agencies; market research and lobbying offices; and political headquarters and fund-raising groups.
The Political Science Department offers graduate and undergraduate study in five subfields of the discipline: American government and politics, comparative politics, political theory, international relations, and public administration. The department is known for its large number of outstanding teachers. Many internship opportunities and special lectures are available through the department’s association with the Hinckley Institute of Politics.
Please see the Political Science B.A., B.S., H.B.A., H.B.S., Minor and Campaign Management Minor listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.
Please see the Political Science M.A., M.S., M. Phil, and Ph.D. listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.
Public Administration Program
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA)
MPA Program Office: 332 South 1400 East, Bldg 73 Rm 236, Salt Lake City, UT, 84112 Program Phone: (801) 581-6781
Please see the Public Administration Undergraduate Minor, M.P.A., and Ex.M.P.A. listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.
The MPA is an interdisciplinary, professional degree conferred by the Department of Political Science Its purpose is to build and expand the This image cannot currently be displayed. This image cannot currently be displayed. professional skills of public and nonprofit administrators by developing broad perspectives and general competencies in basic administrative processes, as well as specialized skills and knowledge in a particular program area or administrative function. The program provides course work and the practical experience of an internship for pre-service students, and builds upon the experience of current administrators.
There are additional admission requirements for these degrees. Please see the program pages for more information.
Program and Courses Offerings
- Political Science, B.A.
- Political Science, B.A. - Community Involvement & Nonprofit Leadership Emphasis
- Political Science, B.A. - International Politics Emphasis
- Political Science, B.A. - Law and Politics Emphasis
- Political Science, B.A. - Public Policy Emphasis
- Political Science, B.S.
- Political Science, B.S. - Community Involvement & Nonprofit Leadership Emphasis
- Political Science, B.S. - International Politics Emphasis
- Political Science, B.S. - Law and Politics Emphasis
- Political Science, B.S. - Public Policy Emphasis
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