Bachelor of Science in Government (B.S.)

Residential Program

This degree provides students with a strong foundation of knowledge and skill in the exercise of government, politics, law, public economics, administration, and policy.

The Politics and Policy specialization prepares students for employment or further graduate study in politics, public administration, and public policy. The program best serves those who wish to be directly involved in the political process or policy advising.

The Western Legal Traditions specialization curriculum insures that graduates are grounded in government, law, writing, public speaking, logic, and other skills that will help them master their professional examination (LSAT) and other admissions requirements to law school. For those not interested in pursuing law school, this specialization prepares graduates for employment in public or political organizations or for work in legal fields in a non-lawyering capacity.

Helms School of Government

Academic Information

Credit Hours

  • 120 hours minimum


  • 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

Program of Study


Degree Completion Plans (DCP)

Career Opportunities

Politics and Policy:

  • City Manager
  • Legislative Analyst
  • Political Consultant
  • Political Scientist
  • Politician
  • Public Administrator


  • Attorney
  • Judge
  • Legislation Analyst
  • Politician
  • Public Administrator
  • Federal Agent