Academic Programs

The Department of Political Science at UConn offers a variety of degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. Learn more below.

Undergraduate Programs

The Bachelor of Arts in political science is designed for students who want to develop an in-depth understanding of domestic politics, the politics of other nations, international relations, and political theory. Through extensive course work and hands-on experiences, students develop analytical reasoning and critical thinking skills while gaining expertise in one or more areas of political science. This degree provides maximum flexibility when selecting classes, allowing you to tailor your program of study to suit your interests and career goals. Also available in an honors track.

Current UConn undergraduate students may choose to minor in political science. While not required for graduation, the minor offers students the option to focus on political science topics and research in addition to their choice of major. The minor complements a wide variety of majors, particularly for students who are interested in topics like environmental studies, human rights, medicine, and communication.

Graduate Programs

The primary goal of UConn's political science Ph.D. program is to train scholars to teach and do research in institutions of higher education. Many students who complete the Ph.D. also pursue careers in government, non-governmental organizations, and research foundations. Students develop expertise in two chosen subfields, including American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, and public law. They also conduct their own original research for a final dissertation project.

This 30-credit program offers strong undergraduates already at UConn an opportunity to begin graduate-level study during their senior year and continue for a fifth year after completing undergraduate requirements. Students in the program will develop the capacity to conduct independent research in politics via encounters with a wide range of political science methodologies. The program also affords the flexibility to focus on professional development tailored to their individualized goals.

The MA in Race, Ethnicity, and Politics offers students, especially undergraduates and working professionals, the opportunity to critically explore race, ethnicity, and politics in ways that inform their work and practice. Those who complete the certificate will be prepared to tackle complex issues of race, ethnicity, and politics in their chosen career field or industry. The master's program can increase earning potential and competitiveness on the job market as well as prepare graduates to apply for a Ph.D.

Admitted or enrolled UConn master’s or Ph.D. students have the opportunity to earn a graduate certificate by completing four pre-approved, 3-credit courses related to race, ethnicity, and politics at no additional cost. Students studying social science, social work, law, history, or public policy may find this certificate an excellent opportunity to enhance their ability to think, write, and teach about the relationships between race, ethnicity, and politics across the globe.