The Department of Political Science offers courses in Political Science (POLS) and
Public Affairs (PA), as well as two undergraduate degrees, the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
in Political Science and the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Public Affairs, and one
graduate degree, the Master of Public Administration (for information on the MPA refer
to the Public Administration program).
Happening Now - New Degree: Emergency Management & Homeland Security (BS)
On June 13, 2013, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)approved at
the staff level the request from Texas Southern University to create a Bachelor of
Science (BS) degree in Emergency Management and Homeland Security (43.0302.00). Degree Webpage below. Updated July 20, 2013.
The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree prepares students for careers in
various aspects of public service, law, business, journalism, politics, public policy
analysis, and education. They learn how to evaluate individual and group behavior
in political systems. In addition, the department offers 6 semester hours of American
and Texas government credits that are required of all students by the university.
The core objectives are to provide the student with essential knowledge and understanding
of the dynamics related to the Texas, national, and international political systems
and their relationships to these systems, to provide students with an in-depth understanding
of the American political system, and to develop problem solving skills and competencies
in students that will translate to various work settings
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Emergency Management and Homeland Security (BS)
Mission The Emergency Management and Homeland Security program provides mutual benefits for
both TSU and the community it serves. This program fits into TSU’s mission providing
“academic and research programs that address critical urban issues and prepare an
ethnically diverse student population to become a force for positive change in a global
Objectives The Overall Educational Objectives for the program are as follows:
To provide students with a broad range of administrative skills and knowledge needed
to meet the critical needs of emergency managers and administrators.
To develop management, legal, and behavioral skills for career advancement for students
already working in the emergency management field.
To create interdisciplinary relationships.
To increase public education and awareness on emergency management.
To provide opportunities for students to pursue careers and environment for further
To prepare students with an understanding of preparation, mitigation, response, and
recovery, of a disaster.
Faculty The degree of EMHS (BS) has an extraordinary faculty with a wide range of research
and teaching interests. They are committed, not only to advancing the understanding
of political processes, and to helping the students prepare to engage those processes,
but also to expanding the realm of democratic politics through research, teaching
and service to the community while ensuring our students understand and fully incorporate
the issues of social justice and equity as they strive to build the knowledge and
skills in Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
Careers Graduates of EM programs are widely employed by local, county, state, and federal
government agencies (including FEMA and Homeland Security). Job opportunities within
nonprofit organizations, private companies, institutions, and hospitals. Other employers
who deal with disaster contingency planning and continuity of operations: Medical
facilities, international, businesses, universities, financial institutions, retail
sector, political conventions, marathons, food services, critical infrastructure,
Mission The mission of the Department of Political Science is to develop general competencies
in students that will allow them to continue their education in either graduate or
professional schools upon completion of their undergraduate studies. Political Science
courses are designed to stimulate students to be better citizens through an understanding
of the working of the American and other political systems. It concentrates a focus
on the institutions and processes of political systems that exercise power. It also
includes studies of justice issues and the many ways in which the use of political
power advances toward its achievement.
Objectives Three objectives are prominent in the realization of this mission:
To provide students with essential knowledge and understanding of the dynamics related
to the State of Texas, national, and international political systems and their relationships to
To provide students with an in-depth understanding of the American political system.
To develop problem solving skills and competencies in students that will translate
to various work settings.
Faculty The Department of Political Science has an extraordinary faculty with a wide range
of research and teaching interests. They are committed, not only to advancing the
understanding of political processes, and to helping the students prepare to engage
those processes, but also to expanding the realm of democratic politics through research,
teaching and service to the community.
Careers The Political Science program is designed to prepare students for entry-level professional
public service positions; including the areas of law, business, journalism, politics,
political consulting, public policy analysis, international affairs and education.
Graduates learn how to evaluate individual and group behavior in political systems.
Public service opportunities (local / state / federal) are also a focus for career
opportunities. The program also prepares students for graduate work leading to research,
teaching and administration on all levels of education. The training can also lead
to other non-traditional career avenues including campaign staff, advocacy initiatives,
issues analyst, and foundation / non-profit engagement.
Mission The mission of the Public Affairs program is to prepare students for professional
public sector positions as well as prepare them for graduate education in Public Administration
and other related academic disciplines. Public Affairs is a multi-disciplinary course of study which prepares students for
leadership roles in local, state, national or international agencies of government,
non-profit organizations and the private sector.
Objectives The objectives of the Public Affairs program are:
Improve analytical and leadership skills essential for a public service professional
in various aspects of public management, politics, public policy analysis, public planning and budgeting.
Develop professional research, writing, communication and organizational skills.
Develop the ability to engage in in-depth analysis and independent thinking and exercising
Develop the ability to evaluate individual and group behavior in political systems
to be leaders and managers of public organizations.
Faculty The Public Affairs program is intertwined within the Department of Political Science
with a highly regarded, well connected faculty with scholarly interest in public policy,
organizational behavior, law, public administration and international policy.
Careers The study of public affairs is concerned with the formation and administration of
the managerial policies of public, private and non-profit agencies involved in public
sector governance. The Public Affairs curriculum focuses on issues such as public
resources, budgeting, public accountability and the description, analysis, solutions and synthesis of contemporary
managerial problems in governance. Areas of career focus can include corporate public
affairs, corporate government affairs, market research analyst, political action committees,
legislative issues aides, corporate social policy analyst, foreign relations,
The mission of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs is to serve
as an urban-focused community of learning, dedicated to educating professionals who
will plan and administer environmentally healthy and sustainable communities at the
local, state, national, and international levels of society.
In offering these programs, the School seeks to achieve the following objectives:
Promote teaching, research, and service activities that will enhance the performance
of public administrators, urban planners, and environmental policy analysts at local,
state, national and international levels.
Provide an interdisciplinary focused graduate education that contains the theory,
concepts, and research skills necessary for students who seek careers in public administration,
urban planning, and environmental policy and for those already working in these career
areas that want to improve their capabilities.
Generate state of art research that advance understanding on complex public policy
issues facing public sector managers, urban planners, and environmental policy makers.
Educate students with appropriate knowledge, analytic skills, managerial capabilities,
and sensitivities to address questions of equity and social justice.
Prepare students to become wise consumers of research and instill in them the importance
of continuing their professional career development.
Mission The Online Executive MPA Program (eMPA) is a curriculum uniquely designed to meet
the growing demand for mid-career professionals in the public sector who wish to pursue
an Executive MPA degree. The program is conveniently offered online and provides a
focuses on public policy. The Executive eMPA program combines the advanced skill concepts
of an Executive Master of Public Administration program and prepares administrators
to lead and manage organizations in the area of public service.
Objectives Upon completion of the Executive eMPA program, graduates will:
Demonstrate a balance inventory of conceptual, quantitative and professional skills.
Demonstrate the ability to utilize information technology and systems for effective
decision-making and communications.
Demonstrate the ability to utilize problem solving strategies and analytical competencies
relevant to management positions.
Demonstrate a greater appreciation for workplace diversity, ethical issues facing
the public sector today, and the challenges of the global institutions.