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Welcome to the Political Science Program!

Dr. Norris 2012

The Department of Public Affairs and Social Research at TAMIU offers both a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Arts in History&Political Thought with a Political Science Concentration. We believe that political science scholarship and research impact the global community and that our academic programs prepare you to meet the challenges of a future in which political and economic considerations are paramount. The discipline of Political Science develops experts in the workings of our political system, its economic foundations, and the political realities of a globalized international system. The Political Science program covers public administration, national politics, political thought, comparative political systems, and other supportive areas of study. As a result, the program facilitates the development of needed experts to function at the State, Federal, and International levels.

Our Mission:

The Political Science Program faculty and staff are dedicated to your academic attainment and committed to providing you with the best education possible.The mission of the Political Science Program is to provide you with the theoretical, empirical and substantive knowledge in the discipline, to provide you with a diversity of approaches, and to instill in you a desire for lifelong learning.

Our Programs:

The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science is a 120 credit hour degree program that introduces you to the fundamental foundations of criminal justice. The undergraduate curriculum aims to help you understand crime and criminal justice policy. You complete your degree by taking courses on campus or online. Graduates from our program find employment in government and non-profit agencies, or go on to graduate or law school. Some students are placed in congressional and court internships.

The Master of Arts in Political Science is undergoing modification in the new catalog. We have created a new degree, a Master of Arts in History & Political Thought. This new program of study is designed to prepare you to actively participate in the development of knowledge and policy responses to contemporary political and legal problems in the global community. A focus is placed on political history and theory, research in political science and policy and administrative responses to national and global socio-political issues. It is also designed to prepare you to conduct research and policy analysis, and to take an active leadership role as a professional in the fields of government and non-profit organization. You may pursue either a thesis or non-thesis degree.

Our Faculty:

Department faculty have a wide range of teaching and research interests. We routinely apply our research expertise to a broad range of local, state, national and international issues and emerging challenges.


           Political Science Program News:


    • Dr. M. Leigh Broxton, Dr. Simon Schirnt and Dr. Maria Reyes joined the faculty.
    • In January, the Program joined a newly created Department - Public Affairs and Social Research.
    • Faculty and students presented papers at national and international conferences.
    • Dr. Jim Norris traveled to Chili with TAMIU students as part of the Reading the Globe series. Read more about it here.



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Phone: 956-326-2475 Email:

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