Baity Hall

Social Science Division

Political Science / Public Administration

As in any field of social science, a BA/BS degree in political science and public administration does not differentiate between a disciplinary major and cross disciplinary major. the boundaires between disciplines are not and have not been clear-cut.

First, the degree program attempts to develop the ability to see a variety of perspectives, to analyze, synthesize and evaluate information through a process which allows a sequence of courses which systematically moves students through a learning progression and ends with an opportunity for students to demonstrate his/her mastery of the theoretical base as well as understanding of the complexity of the areas of study. This is fundamental behavioral objective that a bachelor of arts/science degree program should inculcate and is demonstrably consistent with the pronounced requirements for admittance to graduate degree programs in political science, public administration, law schools, etc.

Second, placement trends and other relevant information specific to the program is shown by following data;

This review would be incomplete if mention is not made of the following:

  • 1. Of the thirty-five graduates of the degree program in Political Science/Public Administration, from the first graduates in 1994 to 2010, thirteen are now practicing attorney who completed their law degrees in law schools of their own choosing; and one completed her master's degree in Public Administration. (In Spring 2006, she was hired as the Columbia Housing Authority Manager.)
  • 2. Four outstanding graduates should be mentioned. Judge David S. Wood (Class '96) was invited as a guest lecturer at the first annual Maastricht Institute of Entrepreneurship in April 06 and Ms. Angel Gambino (Class '94), vice president, commerical, strategy and digital media for MTV networks, UK, was invited as a guest lecturer in April 2007. Charlotte Yates (Class '05) passed both the Kansas and Missouri bar. She now practices law in Kansas City. Colby Hazouri completed his Law degree in Florida last year. He now works in Jacksonville, FL, addressing imigration and naturalization issues in Florida.
  • 3. Mark Samuel B.S. 2007, completed his Law (JD) Degree in May 2010. He recenlty published an article: "Peering into the Campaign Finance Law Crystal Ball: Guiding Principles for the Future of the BCRA and 'Issue Advocacy' and "In Citizens United and Beyond." The University of Kansas Law Review (October 2009. Vol. 58, No.1)
  • 4. The remaining number of graduates eventually joined the work force in agencies of the state and local government, service agencies, and law enforcement.
  • 5. Additional official information may be obtained from the Registrar's Office and Development Office of the college.

Clearly, this is not an average achievement for graduates from a fairly small departmental degree program. As former students here at MVC a decade or so ago, they were examples of academic excellence and eventually in their attendant fields of professional endeavor.

Gerardo M. Acay, Ph.D

Are you interested in American politics? International affairs? Critical issues such as health, the environment, civil rights? Theories concerning the ideal government and how power and resources are allocated in society? Do you want to study these subjects and pursue a career based on your interest? If so, you should consider studying political science.

Skills that students learn in a political science curriculum can be applied to careers in government at all levels. These skills also may lead to careers including, but not limited to, campaign management, law, journalism, business, research, teaching, and working in nonprofit organizations.

Some careers that are available with a degree in political science are:

Campaign Operative
City Planner
Customs Officer
Labor Relations Specialist
Policy Analyst
Public Opinion Analyst
Administration: Corporate, Government, Non-profit
Banking Analyst or Executive
CIA Analyst or Agent
Congressional Office
Federal Government Analyst
Legislative Analyst
State Legislator


The degree requirements for Political Science/Public Administration are:

  • PS-100 Foundations of Federal Government
  • PS-324 Comparative Government
  • HS-412 American Constitutional History
  • EC-206 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • EC-450 Public Policy and Finance
  • PS-215  International and Current Problems
  • PS-485 Senior Thesis
  • PS-401 Internship in Political Science/Public Administration
  • BA-302 Statistics
       or SC-316 Research Methods / Statistics

Plus Concentration Areas

  • PS-200 Introduction to Political Science
  • PS-349/449 Topics in Political Science
  • EC-216 Principles of Microeconomics
  • GE-250 World Geography
  • PS-420  Political Sociology
  • HS-349/449  Special Topics in History
  • And any three of the following:
       PS-250 Issues and Cases in Bureaucratic Politics
       PS-300 Contemporary Social and Political Theory
       PS-323 American Political Parties
       PS-350 Politics in the Third World


  • PS-150 Introduction to Public Administration
  • PS-230 State and Local Government
  • BA-212 Principles of Management
  • AC-210 Principles of Accounting I
  • AC-220 Principles of Accounting II
  • CS-150 Introduction to Global Information Systems
  • HS-104 Foundations of American History I
  • HS-105 Foundations of American History II