Students choose to study politics because they want to make a difference in the world. The political science program at High Point University thus centers on the development of strong technical skills and an advanced understanding of political behavior and its consequences for many of the most important issues that shape our lives and the world.

A Dynamic and Challenging Curriculum  

The PSC curriculum is designed to give students many course choices, while ensuring that they develop the must-have tools for today's competitive professional job market or graduate school. First year students begin to hone these skills in the major's introductory seminars, which emphasize how political scientists understand and propose solutions to fundamental social, economic, and political problems. Other foundational coursework guides majors through an intriguing mix of courses on the workings of the American political system, the methods that political scientists use to explain and study the world around them, and foreign politics. During their final year, majors have the choice of completing their major with either a political internship or our senior seminar, where each major works one-on-one with a faculty member to writes and publicly present a substantial research paper. 

Teaching That Goes Beyond the Classroom

Most of our majors and minors complement their formal coursework and in-class simulations with hands-on experience gained from internships, working for the university's Survey Research Center, or becoming deeply involved in one or more of the many university clubs and activities that focus on political issues. Our students are active in Amnesty International, the College Democrats, the College Republicans, Model United Nations, Political Science Club, the Pre-law club, as well as various other groups and honors fraternities; these student-run organizations do everything from taking students to national political conventions to hosting political activists for campus-wide events and forums.

Bill Clinton and Rudy Giuliani at HPU

While rigorous, our curriculum also is intentionally flexible: electives make up half of the political science major's required hours, and manageable requirements readily permit students to complement their degrees with a second major, foreign study, and/or internships with political campaigns, interest groups, or elected officials. In recent terms, our majors have studied abroad in Austria, Australia, Wales, England, Spain, Mexico, China, and Scotland.

Many political science majors complete some of their major's requirements with credit-bearing internships. Most recently, students have worked with: 

  • Various political campaigns, including: the U.S. Senate campaigns of Cal Cunningham and Kay Hagan and Barack Obama for President

  • Numerous think-tanks, including: The Center for Terrorism, the John Locke Foundation, and The Heritage Foundation (Washington, DC)

  • US Senators Richard Burr, Bob Corker, Byron Dorgan, Kay Hagan, and Joseph Lieberman

  • US Congressmen Howard Coble and Patrick McHenry

  • Numerous state-level political officials, including the governors of Delaware, Maryland and North Carolina

  • A wide range of interest, media, and commercial firms, including: The Minority and Ethnic Women’s Network, The High Point Chamber of Commerce, Emily's List, The Governor of Maryland, JP Morgan Financial, the American Red Cross, Democracy NC, and Glenn Beck/Mercury Radio Arts

If you have any questions about our program or need any assistance, please contact any member of our faculty

Last updated: Saturday, August 13, 2011

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