Political Science Students talk on the UMKC Quad

Why Political Science

Political science is the study of government, public policy political behavior and international relations.

Political science students are naturally curious about the world around them. They often ask the big questions: why do voters make the choices they do? Why do democracies rarely go to war? What makes a good government?

A political science degree prepares students for careers in government, business, law, education, communications, non-governmental organizations and political organizations.


At UMKC, we teach courses that span the political science discipline, including American politics, comparative politics, international relations and political theory.

Our award-winning faculty are personally interested in the success of our students, both in and out of the classroom.

Our vibrant department offers small class sizes, giving students the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with professors and classmates.

At Home in Kansas City

UMKC’s location in the heart of urban Kansas City makes it an ideal place to study political science. Many internship and job opportunities are available in the City of Fountains and throughout the surrounding region.

Our location at the intersection of Kansas and Missouri gives our students a unique opportunity to take advantage of our connections to local, state and federal government, political organizations and legal firms.