The University of Iowa

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Bachelor of Arts in Political Science


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The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in Des Moines is ideal for students just starting college, those who have some college credit, and those who have an associate's (AA) degree. The Department of Political Science at the University of Iowa is a leader in the discipline in the state of Iowa and within the university community. Its faculty include distinguished scholars in all the main fields of political science, and its course offerings are correspondingly broad. Whether the topic is Iowa politics, the U.S. government, the governments of myriad foreign countries, or the international system, Iowa students have access to acknowledged experts in the field. These scholars are frequently called upon to interpret political developments for the media, to address community groups, and to advise government bodies. For those students who are thinking about completing an AA at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) or another community college before entering the University of Iowa to earn a BA in political science, the UI 2+2 in political science may be the best option. This plan connects students with Iowa advisors early on so they can take the right courses at the right time in order to complete both degrees in a total of four years.


Students in the Des Moines political science program will be able to take some courses in person at the Iowa Center for Higher Education on Fleur Drive and some courses online from professors at the Iowa City campus. Classes are taught by faculty who have expertise in American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political methodology.

Internship opportunities

Des Moines students are encouraged to gain valuable work experience while earning college credit in the Political Science Des Moines internship program. Our students have interned in a variety of positions, including the Governor’s Office, the Iowa House and Senate Caucuses (Democratic and Republican), the City of Des Moines, the Department of Natural Resources, the Boys and Girls Club of Central Iowa, and the Iowa International Center. Des Moines program interns gain real-world working experience, make important connections, and build their leadership skills. The department also provides financial support for students in the program.

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Click here to request more information about the Des Moines Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, or contact:

Martha Kirby


Phone: 319-335-2347

Visit the program's website here.