Political Science includes the study of political institutions and power relations in society, focusing particularly but not exclusively on states (governments) and broad publics.  It studies political life through a number of different approaches:  institutional, legal, historical, behavioral, philosophical, sociological, and political-economic.  It employs a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods.  Its scope is broad, including not only the United States but also other countries and global institutions and processes. 

Political Science programs prepare students to work in government and politics, public policy, non-profits, and private industry.  They offer curriculum relevant to work at local, state, national and global levels.  They prepare students for graduate study in a variety of fields, including law, public administration, public policy, education, public health, and academic social sciences.  The Department supports lifelong community and civic engagement and active citizenship.   

Political Science General Program (BA)

The General Program in Political Science is intended to meet the needs of students planning to continue their studies in political science or related fields at the graduate level, or planning to prepare for professional work in such fields as government, law, education and journalism.

Political Science Honors Program (BA)

Honors Program students with an interest in Political Science are urged to acquaint themselves with the faculty and discipline as early as possible and to apply formally to the Department for the Honors Program in Political Science no later than their sophomore year. The Department will meet with individual Honors applicants to work out the details of their course work and honors project.


The Political Science Minor consists of eighteen credits in Political Science coursework; giving students an useful understanding of the subject.


The minor is designed to help students understand the law and legal processes from a variety of different disciplinary perspectives. Participating disciplines include anthropology, political science, linguistics, philosophy, communication, criminal justice, public administration, business, and sociology. With a liberal arts rather than a pre-professional focus, the program grounds students in the ways in which legal thinking and legal institutions regulate behavior and attempt to deliver justice.

Students with concentrations in Political Science are allowed to count at most six credits of courses in the concentration toward this minor.


The minor provides students with an interest in international political relations to explore international affairs through the disciplinary lens of political science.


There is no specific undergraduate program or set of required courses that a student must take to prepare for law school. Generally, law schools suggest that pre-legal education should stress the development of broad skills and insights rather than the mastery of specific subject matter. A sound pre-legal education is one that serves to develop verbal and writing skills, creative and analytical thinking, and habits of thoroughness.

Law school admission is usually highly competitive. The applicant’s academic preparation, academic record, Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores, and other indicators of success are considered.

Michigan law schools are the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Thomas Cooley Law School, Detroit College of Law at Michigan State, University of Detroit, and Wayne State University.

Students planning to enter law school should seek the assistance of the pre-law faculty advisor early in their undergraduate years.

The Political Science Department also offers Pre-Law and Law School Advising. Fill out this interest form to stay up to date on law school related activities, events, and advising. Any questions should be directed to Kimberly Saks-McManaway. 


If you're not sure what the best choice is for you, we are here to help. Contact Academic Advisor Therasa to talk through your goals and how you can best achieve them with a Political Science degree from UM-Flint. 
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