Bachelor of Arts in Government (B.A.)

Residential Program

This degree is specifically designed to prepare students for graduate school as well as for careers in fields – such as diplomacy, international business, and intelligence analysis – that require foreign language skills.

The Politics and Policy specialization prepares students for employment or further graduate study in politics, public administration, and public policy.

The Western Legal Traditions specialization provides foundations in government, law, writing, public speaking, logic, and other skills in preparation for law school. This specialization also prepares graduates for employment in public or political organizations, or for work in legal fields in a non-lawyering capacity.

The International Relations specialization prepares students for careers in military and foreign service, education, international business, and law enforcement.

Helms School of Government

Academic Information

Credit Hours

  • 120 hours minimum


  • International Relations
  • Politics and Policy
  • Western Legal Traditions


Sampling of program courses:

  • Modern Political and Economic Ideas: GOVT 302
  • American Legislative System: GOVT 322
  • International Relations: GOVT 340
  • American Foreign Policy: GOVT 425
  • Political Theory: GOVT 490

Programs of Study

Degree Completion Plans

Career Opportunities

  • City Manager
  • Legislative Analyst
  • Political Consultant
  • Political Scientist
  • Politician
  • Public Administrator
  • Diplomat
  • Policy Institute Analyst
  • Attorney
  • Judge
  • Legislation Analyst
  • Politician
  • Public Administrator
  • Federal Agent
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Intelligence Analyst