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Political Science and Public Administration

Political Science Majors receive “the specific information and skills to become an effective member of your community and participant in civic life.” You will learn about your community, your state, your nation and the world at large through our courses.

Some of the skills you should improve upon in political science courses include:

  • Presentation of Ideas Clearly in both Written and Oral Communication 
  • Effective Debating and Critical Thinking 
  • Ability to Interpret and Analyze Data 
  • Ability to Effectively Summarize Findings (Critical Skill for Employers.) 
  • Ability to Assess Options and Propose Alternatives 
  • Knowledge of Other Nations and Their Cultures 
  • Opportunities to Exhibit Leadership and Team Building Skills

SOURCE: Careers and The Study of Political Science. American Political Science Association, Sixth Edition 2003.

Letter from the Chair

Dear Prospective Students, Parents and Program Supporters:

The Department of Political Science and Public Administration welcomes you to our website. The Department offers a wide variety of opportunities for students whom are interested in politics, administration and public affairs. The Department combines academic preparation along with applied research and career opportunities in the public sector.

For undergraduates, we offer a challenging core of courses and then allow students to choose a concentration of electives. The Department also offers opportunities for students in a Pre-Law program, Public Opinion Research Laboratory, a Fast Track MPA program where you can earn graduate credit even before you graduate, and internships in Jacksonville, Washington, D.C., and places around the world. Students who meet a particular grade point average also are invited to join Pi Sigma Alpha, our national honors society.

Our graduate Masters of Public Administration offers a challenging curriculum that will help both working PA professionals and full-time graduate students. Scholarships and Fellowships are available. The program also offers a Non-Profit track where students can focus on learning how to administer non-profit organizations. Most importantly, the program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

The rest of the website details many of these opportunities. If you have any questions, please contact me at or (904) 620-5856. Welcome to UNF.


Dr. Nicholas Seabrook

Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science and Public Administration

Careers in Political Science

  • Congressional Research
  • Politician
  • Int'l Market Researcher
  • Government Relations
  • Diplomat
  • City Manager
  • Lobbyist / Organizer
  • Campaign Staff
  • Executive Assistant
  • Executive Search Consultant
  • Labor Relations
  • Human Resources
  • Security Intelligence Analyst
  • Financial Planner
  • Business Administrator
  • Political Correspondent
  • Policy Analyst
  • Journalist
  • Strategic PlanningConsultant
  • Public Opinion Analyst
  • Technical Writer
  • Education / Teacher / Instructor
  • Media Specialist
  • Political Consultant
  • Human Rights Advocate
  • Public Relations Director
  • Urban Policy Planner
  • Foreign Service Worker
  • Parole/Probation Officer
  • Legal Investigator
  • Lawyer / Paralegal
  • Criminal Justice & Law
  • Editor
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Government Affairs.
  • Sales Manager
  • Historical Archivist / Researcher.
  • Social Worker
  • Event Planner