Credits required
180 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 180 quarter credits are equal to 120 semester credits.*
Cost per credit
$318 Cost per credit is calculated using tuition per credit for the current academic year. It does not include associated fees, course materials, textbook expenses, and other expenses related to courses.
Delivery
Online You can complete all or nearly all requirements of this program online. View the curriculum.
Start terms
4 per year

B.A./B.S. Political Science – Online

Careers

A political science degree opens a variety of career doors including in local, state and federal government jobs, international affairs, public policy, politics and elections, consulting work and education. In addition, many of our political science graduates continue on to law school.

Know your value

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, people with a bachelor's degree earn on average 64% more per week than those with a high school diploma. The difference in total earnings over the course of a person's career could be as much as $1 million.

Sample job titles and industries for political science graduates

  • Elections coordinator
  • Employment recruiter
  • Fundraising specialist
  • Grant writer
  • Intelligence analyst
  • Journalist
  • Legal assistant
  • Non-profit organization
  • Program coordinator
  • Police officer
  • Political researcher
  • Self-employed
  • USDA

For information about job prospects for these career fields, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook.

Career services

An added benefit is that you’ll have access to OSU's Career Development Center, which provides valuable resources to help you find lifelong career success and meaningful employment in a diverse world.

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