The mission of the undergraduate major in Political Science is to educate students who are interested in politics into politically literate citizens capable of understanding governments and political processes in the U.S. and abroad, as well as the interactions among governments. The undergraduate major is intended to develop students’ frames of reference and their critical and analytical skills in order to help them understand the political world.
There are currently about 1,000 undergraduate Political Science majors at the University of Florida. In addition to having the opportunity to take research methods and write an Honors Thesis, qualified students interested in pursuing academic research are encouraged to partner with a faculty member through our acclaimed Junior Fellows program. Every year 75-100 students participate in our political internship program with local, state, and federal agencies, private firms, nonprofit groups, and legislative offices. In addition, we offer a variety of study abroad programs through UF’s International Center. Eligible students may join Pi Sigma Alpha, a Political Science honor society which publishes a newsletter and provides undergraduates with opportunities to serve the community, attend social events, and promote political awareness around campus. Another way to participate in department life is to write for the UF International Review, a student-run quarterly journal of international affairs.