Government and Politics
Description The B.A. in Government and Politics has two concentrations -- Political Science and Public Administration. Students completing the Political Science Concentration receive broad training in six subfields – American Government and Politics, Comparative Government and Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, Public Law, and Public Administration. The Public Administration Concentration seeks to prepare students to serve as entry-level professionals in administrative careers in government, public service agencies, and non-profit organizations or to pursue graduate studies to secure advanced administrative placements or academic appointments.
Mission The Government and Politics Program at Mississippi Valley State University offers a well-rounded program of study to majors, minors, and students in other programs. In each course, the aim is to include innovative pedagogies and content that reflects the latest scholarship. The program is dedicated to offering academic extracurricular activities that enhance the in-class experiences in the program. Majors in the program should leave with the ability to think, read, write, and calculate at the appropriate level. Students should also be able to understand and practice good citizenship.
Each of the two concentrations has unique objectives:
Political Science Objectives
1. Students in Political Science should exit Mississippi Valley State University with a firm grasp of the basics in Political Science.
2. Students in Political Science should either enter productive employment or proceed to graduate or professional schools.
3. Students in political science should engage in significant academic extracurricular activities. These activities could include participating in intramural competition with organizations such as the University Mock Trial and Model United Nations team; maintaining membership in academic clubs including Pi Sigma Alpha (the national honor’s society), the Political Science Club; and attending and presenting at professional meetings.
4. Students in the concentration will take an internship introducing them to the day-to-day operation of politics.
5. Faculty members in Political Science should maintain up-to-date approaches to teaching and learning (including pedagogy and curriculum revision) that serve the needs of our students.
6. Faculty members in Political Science should participate in community service.
Political Science requirements
Public Administration Objectives
1. Students should be prepared to serve as professionals in administrative careers in government, public service agencies, and non-profit organizations;
2. Students should be qualified to work in every facet of the public or private sector.
3. Students should secure upward mobility through civil service opportunities and other professional placements.
4. Students should pursue graduate study in Public Policy and Administration, Criminal Justice, Health Administration, Community Leadership, Law School and other graduate disciplines.
5. Students in the concentration will take an internship introducing them to the day-to-day operation of public agencies.
Public Administration Requirements