Political Science Minor

Our mission in the Hardin-Simmons Political Science program is to prepare graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead in civic and professional life in a manner enlightened by Christian faith and values. We strive to be a home for students who, through the study of government both inside and outside of the classroom, are transformed into graduates known for their tenacity, creativity, intellectual rigor, and servant leadership.

We intend for each of our graduates to grow in the knowledge of their field, develop the skills necessary to compete after graduation, and know how their values matter as they lead in their communities. Our political science curriculum is built with these things in mind.

Program Contact

Stephen Cook-Dean and Professor at the Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts

Dr. Stephen Cook

Dean, Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts and Professor

Why study Political Science at HSU?

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Hands-on Experience

Political Science students at HSU have many opportunities to receive hands-on experience in matters relevant to their studies. In fact, we require it. Our students have interned with our local member of Congress, with nearby attorneys, and assisted refugees with a nonprofit organization.

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Innovative Curriculum

Our curriculum is constantly progressing to embrace the most relevant, current matters from the global to the local level.

Grad School Ready

More than half of our recent graduates have been admitted to, or are currently attending, law or graduate school.

Program Details

All courses and course descriptions for the Political Science Minor (POLS) can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

All HSU students are eligible for this program.

Most students with a political science minor will attend law or graduate school at some point in their careers. Many graduates with a political science minor  work in political campaigns or serve in federal, state, county, or municipal government. Students with a political science minor often teach in high school. The skills obtained with a political science minor are demonstrably valued throughout the private sector, particularly when graduates are able to analyze data, write and communicate with excellence, utilize social media professionally, and comprehend the intersection of politics and the global economy.