Can you picture yourself running a major political campaign? Are you interested in learning how to create policies or work in organizations that address the problems that families face? Are you interested in analyzing information to detect threats to our national security?

East Carolina's political science program allows you to work closely with dynamic teachers studying a wide range of subjects, ranging from United States politics to war and terrorism, and various areas of comparative politics, international relations and public policy.

You will take some required introductory courses to ground you in the disciplines, which will prepare you to study a wide variety of specific subjects. As a classic liberal arts degree, the BA allows you to shape your curriculum by focusing on the specific classes and fields which most interest you.

A political science degree provides you the opportunity to learn about the world, and polish skills in writing, research and analysis, and developing and presenting clear and persuasive arguments about issues which may impact people's daily lives.

ECU Advantage

The study of politics is interesting and exciting, and engages you in the larger world. Political science has great teachers doing cutting-edge research in their fields and bringing that knowledge and energy into the classroom. The skills you learn and the contacts you develop will help you to build the career and life you choose.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Jonathan Morris (121-A Brewster Building; 252-328-1067; morrisj@ecu.edu)

Minimum degree requirement is 120 s.h. of credit as follows:

1. General education requirements - 40 s.h.

(For information about courses that carry general education credit see General Education Program.)

    2. Demonstrated foreign language proficiency through level 2004 - 12 s.h.

    (For information about the foreign language requirement see Special Requirements for the BA Degree and Placement Testing, Foreign Language.)

      3. Core - 36 s.h.
      • POLS 1010 - National Government
      • POLS 2010 - Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics
      • POLS 2020 - Introduction to International Relations
      • POLS 2090 - Writing for Political Science
      • POLS 3031 - Research Design for Political Science
      • Choose 3 s.h. from:
        • POLS 2070 - Introduction to Political Theory
        • POLS 3008 - Topics in Political Theory
        • POLS 3050 - Theory and Politics of Social and Protest Movements in the United States
        Choose a minimum of 18 s.h. of POLS above 2999
        4. Minor (or second major) and electives to complete requirements for graduation.

        Note: No course counted for the POLS major may count for the POLS minor.

          For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

          Careers With This Degree

          Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

          • Political Science and Government
          • Education and Training
          • Political Scientists
          • Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary
          • Political Science and Government

          Career Opportunities

          ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

          NC Tower

          This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

          • Self-employed;
          • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
          • Work outside of North Carolina.

          US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

          This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

          Degree-specific internships

          For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.