Political Science – International Relations


International Relations students explore the nature and history of American politics and international affairs to become more conscientious global citizens, and to prepare for careers or graduate study. Choose courses in United States politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, research methods, and public law.

  • Stand tall in the halls of power and work side-by-side with national leaders in TCU’s 35-year-old Washington Internship Program.
  • More than 575 students have interned with interest groups or in presidential, executive, or congressional offices.
  • Conduct research with faculty and perform public and community service in the selective Political Science Distinction Program.
  • Engage the global community through the award winning Model United Nations program or a summer study abroad course.
  • Explore the law through the Moot Court team.
  • A foreign language is required and the department strongly encourages students to participate in an international educational experience; it especially encourages an international educational experience in a setting where the student’s language of study is used.

Course Examples by Year


Introduction to Political Science
Issues in American Politics
Introduction to International Politics
Introduction to Comparative Politics


Scope and Methods of Political Science
Introduction to Political Theory
Political Science Methods


Comparative Politics
Public Opinion
United Nations Institutions and Processes
Politics in the Mideast
Internship in Washington, D.C.


Media and Politics
Applied Ethics
International Relations of Japan
Equality Under the Law

Where Graduates Go

Political Science grads pursue a wide variety of careers that take advantage of their critical thinking and effective communication skills. Many attend law school or graduate programs in political science or public affairs, and most pursue careers in government, the nonprofit public service sector, business, education, or the private sector. For example, Horned Frog Political Science grads can be found on the staffs of the White House, Congress, NASA, and the General Accountability Office; in various agencies of the U.S. intelligence community; in the U.S. Secret Service; and in the various uniformed military services. Locally, they may be prosecuting attorneys, corporate attorneys, staff members for local government officials, elected local government officials, college and law school professors, or public school teachers – or they may serve 24 in a wide array of private sector careers.