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Department of Political and Global Affairs


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Our Political and Global Affairs faculty and degree programs help to prepare students for a wide range of careers in government, law, public service, public affairs, international affairs, non-governmental organizations, and education, and prepare students for advanced degrees in these areas. The program prepares you to succeed in an increasingly globalized world.  Our students study global change and the movement of people and resources in the world, focusing in particular on the spatial aspects of issues, communities, and cultures.  They develop skills in critical thinking and complex analysis, written and verbal communications, and how to work effectively across cultures – the skills needed to work and thrive in the modern world.  Nearly all of our majors and minors go abroad during their studies, often on study abroad trips led by our faculty.  These opportunities are life-changing experiences; our students gain confidence, friendships, and experiences working internationally that allows them to thrive after graduation. Our students go on to leadership positions in NGOs and non-profits, government, and business.

Degree Programs and Concentrations are offered in

Minors are offered in

  • Geography
  • Global Action and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOS)
  • Global Studies
  • International Relations
  • Political Science
  • Political and Civic Engagement
  • Political and Social Thought
  • Pre-Law
  • Public Policy and Management
  • Paralegal Studies

The Department also coordinates several world regional minors

  • African Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Jewish and Holocaust Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Modern European Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • Urban Studies

The faculty of the Department of Political and Global Affairs is committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. Our faculty members and instructors work hard to provide you with an exceptional undergraduate education that combines traditional classroom experiences with applied and practical training, as well as relevant experience through fieldwork, internships, and active student organizations.

If you have any questions concerning our programs, please do not hesitate to email us at or contact me directly.

— Dr. Amy Atchison, Chair

Betty Rinaudo, coordinator of the Graduate MT program at Middle Tennessee State University, was featured in the July 2024 edition of “Out of the Blue,” the university's television magazine program. (MTSU photo illustration by Joe Poe)

July ‘Out of the Blue’ talks degree completion with Graduate MT coordinator [+VIDEO]

In the July 2024 edition of “Out of the Blue,” the television magazine program of Middle Tennessee State University, viewers will learn about how the Graduate MT program helps guide former students back to campus or online to complete their degrees.[ Read More ]

MTSU grad student awarded $20K national fellowship

Middle Tennessee State University graduate student Rachel Booher was selected as a 2024 Marcus L. Urann Fellow by the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. [ Read More ]

Political Science, Public Policy and Management major Yusuf Dogan was featured in an MTSU News article about his Metro-Nashville Council resolution condemning white supremacy. The article can be reached here.

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Virtual Mentoring Program

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They have all sat where you sit now..and survived. They have all volunteered to serve as virtual mentors to our current students. Our Virtual Mentors would be more than happy to hear from you, and offer professional or even personal advice!

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