Political Science

Why a Degree in Political Science?

Political Scientists observe and participate in the world's political and legal institutions, from local governments to international organizations. They are interested in the legitimacy and effectiveness of governing processes, the quality of political leadership, the values that underlie the practice of public affairs, and the wisdom of public policies. Political Science graduates develop sound research ability as well as strong oral and written communication skills.  Majors are also encouraged to participate in student political clubs, internships, study abroad, public service, and picking up additional skills in foreign languages, statistics and computer technology.

Political Science graduates typically find careers in law, government service, political parties, interest groups and associations, education, business, journalism, and private or non-profit organizations.

Sample Occupations

  • Attorney
  • Campaign Manager/Worker
  • City Manager
  • Defense Policy Analyst
  • Elected Public Official
  • Political Consultant/Lobbyist
  • FBI Agent
  • High School/College Instructor
  • Law Enforcement Officer

Professional Associations