A new Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science has been approved by the Board of Regents for SSU.
A new Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science has been approved by the Board of Regents for Shawnee State University. Beginning in Fall Semester, students may choose the new degree.
Stylianos Hadjiyannis, Ph.D., professor of government and international relations has had a dream of having the major at Shawnee State for a long time.
"I am thrilled by the approval and I look forward to offering the program to students," said Hadjiyannis. "It wouldn't have been made possible without our department chair Professor Chris Kacir's input. He did a lot of research on the major. He found numerous professions for political science majors."
The B.A. in political science will help to enable politically-active students to pursue a formalized program of study that includes opportunities for internships with local, state and federal governmental agencies. The occupational outlook for graduates boasts a 93% employment rate, with 86% employed full-time with a median income is $59,000.
Upon completion of the B.A. in Political Science, students will be able to evaluate political problems and situations; demonstrate knowledge of American government, political theory, comparative government and international relations; demonstrate critical thinking skills by comparing, contrasting, analyzing and evaluating major political science methods; and appropriately use technology to find and/or disseminate information central to Political Science.
"Not only is it a stepping stone for law school and business, other professions include working with international organizations, all levels of government, nonprofit organizations, campaign management and polling, journalism, research, and university and college teaching," said Hadjiyannis.
The B.A. in political science will serve to strengthen the region by providing an educated workforce knowledgeable about local, state and federal laws and policies.
These individuals are likely to remain in the state and region, bringing much needed expertise in political science to a region with great political and social needs that has, nevertheless, historically been overlooked.
"I'm excited to be offering the program," Kacir said. "The classes will be great for any student on campus in terms of understanding the political structure locally, statewide, federally and internationally."