Political Science

What Is It?:

Political Science combines the rigor and logic of natural science and mathematics with the aesthetic grandeur of modes of inquiry more characteristic of the humanities. Students are exposed to different ways of thinking and develop the capacity to reason analytically, as well as the ability to write succinctly. Also, in studying politics, students wrestle with important questions about power and authority in human relations. 

For more information, please visit the Department of Political Science

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • PS 100—Intro to Political Science
  • PS 101—Intro to US Gov & Pol

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.

Possible Career Opportunities:

  • Administrative Officer
  • Advocate
  • Announcer
  • Biographer
  • Campaign Worker
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • City Manager
  • Columnist/Commentator
  • Congressional Aide
  • Consular Officer
  • Correspondent
  • Diplomat
  • Editor educator
  • FBI/CIA Agent
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Government Worker
  • Judge
  • Labor Relations
  • Lawyer
  • Manager
  • Newspaper Reporter
  • Parole/Probation Officer
  • Penologist
  • Political Scientist
  • Politician
  • Public Health Policy
  • Public Health Policy Analyst
  • Public Relations Representative
  • Research Analyst
  • Social Worker
  • Surveyor/Interviewer

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

With Bachelors Degree:

  • Account Service Rep 
  • Activities Specialist
  • Assistant Buyer 
  • Assistant Consultant 
  • Asst. Account Executive
  • Campaign Staffer
  • Congressional Aide 
  • Environmental Policy Analyst
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Historic Preservationist 
  • Historic Site Interpreter 
  • International Trade Specialist 
  • Law Enforcement Officer 
  • Legal Assistant 
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Lobbyist
  • Management Analyst 
  • Media Analyst 
  • Paralegal 
  • Peace Corps/Vista Worker 
  • Political Pollster 
  • Politician
  • Probation/Parole Officer 
  • Public Relations Assistant
  • Real Estate Agent/Broker 
  • Research Assistant
  • Social Services Administrator   
  • Social Worker

Additional Education/Experience Required:

  • Account Executive 
  • Advertising Executive Agent
  • Archivist 
  • Attorney 
  • Campaign Manager
  • City Manager
  • Community Relations Director
  • Director of Public Policy
  • Executive Director, Non-Profit/NGO
  • FBI/CIA
  • Government Intelligence Analyst 
  • International Relations Manager
  • Marketing Director
  • Public Administrator Manager 
  • Sales Manager
  • Special Interest Group Director 

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

  • Participating in undergraduate research
  • Applying for a study abroad experience
  • Utilizing resources of The Career Center
  • Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major, such as:
    • Model United Nations: provides opportunity for students to learn about the purpose, structure, and history of the United Nations through open forum discussion of issues pertaining to real world scenarios
    • Political Science Club: informs and fosters interest in politics and current events. Our bipartisan stance allows us to enliven the political climate on campus through informational sessions, debates, guest speakers, etc.

Related Skills:

  • Able to develop & market ideas
  • Analytical thinking
  • Computer literate
  • Decision-making
  • Interact with diverse populations
  • Leadership abilities
  • Oral & written communication
  • Problem-solving
  • Research skills
  • Team worker
  • Understanding of community needs
  • Work well under pressure

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in Political Science, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major.

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Political Science.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Political Science.  These organizations include American Political Science Assocation.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in Political Science, visit Undergraduate Programs.