Department of Political Science and Public Management
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Department of Political Science and Public Management

Why study Political Science at APSU?

4 Year Plan - B.S. Political Science

There is no question that earning a political science degree will lead to an exciting profession that can grow and change along with the skills you develop and the directions in which your special interests can take you.  Political science majors gain analytical skills, and the knowledge necessary for understanding and trying to influence political activities that occur every day.  Political science is also the number one major for students who attend law school.

Faculty members in the APSU Department of Political Science & Public Management want their students to succeed. Personal attention to students is important. For instance, they inform political science students when internship opportunities become available, such as with the Tennessee State Legislature, in Washington D.C, and with election campaigns. In addition, organizations such as the Pi Sigma Alpha national political science honor society prepare our students for leadership and service. 

In addition, APSU graduates with political science degrees have been admitted to top law schools at Vanderbilt University, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, University of Memphis, Samford University, Florida State University, and many others. Graduate programs where APSU students have enrolled include Vanderbilt University, University of Kentucky, Stony Brook University, and Georgetown University, just to name a few.


From legal disputes to elections to international crises, the world of politics is constantly changing.  What happens in politics affects our own backyard, including city hall, Fort Campbell, KY, the state government in Nashville, and activities in our nation’s capital.  Having a political science degree helps to understand events around the world and provides a career that brings new challenges and rewards.

Why study Public Management at APSU?

4 Year Plan - B.S. Public Management



The Public Management degree is available at Main Campus, the Ft. Campbell location, and online.  Through Austin Peay State University’s public management program, you will gain the practical work experience – and technical and managerial skills – needed to succeed in a variety of leadership roles. Your courses and experiences will prepare you for careers in both public, quasi-public, and nonprofit sectors.

In addition to coursework covering topics such as urban planning, public policy analysis and public sector management, public management majors can choose any of the university’s minors, or select a concentration in criminal justice or general management.

The department's vision, "Instilling the values of public service", highlights the mission which is to "Engage in teaching, learning, and research in order to provide students the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to become socially responsible and productive citizens." The department faculty strives to meet the vision and mission statements by promoting the public service values of "effectiveness, efficiency, social equity, individualism, and liberty." The department's vision, mission, and values align with the university's vision and missions to "create quality learning environments . . . that instill in students habits of critical inquiry as they gain knowledge, skills, and values for life and work in a global society.