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Why Major in Political Science?

Are you interested in American politics? International affairs? Critical issues such as public policy, globalization, terrorism, the environment, civil rights, political development, foreign policy? Theories concerning the ideal government and how power and resources are allocated in society? Do you want to study these subjects and pursue a career based on your interests? If so, you should select political science as a major. Political science is the study of governments, public policies and political behavior. Political science uses both humanistic perspectives and scientific skills to examine the United States and all countries and regions of the world.

As a political science major, you will hone the writing, communications, analytical and computer skills that are critical to a liberal arts education. This kind of education will prepare you to think critically and independently, with tolerance for others and concern for current affairs. Today, students can reasonably expect to change jobs more than once and even to have more than one career. An undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences is excellent preparation for the flexibility in employment that you are likely to encounter.

Majoring in political science can qualify you for many different careers in private for-profit and nonprofit organizations, as well as public sector organizations. Students will be able to pursue careers in business, law, consulting, state, local, and federal government, journalism and communications, international organization, finance, polling and campaign management, community service and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and pre-college and college teaching.

Political science training also provides valuable preparation for participating in community organizations, electoral politics, movements on behalf of specific policies, and for seeking elective or administrative positions in government. While many of these are voluntary activities, participation in them develops skills and creates opportunities for career success.

(from the American Political Science Association) https://www.apsanet.org/index.cfm?CFID=30388844&CFTOKEN=97113461


Career Possibilities with a
Political Science Education

Anthropologist
Military Officer
Banker/Financier
Newspaper/Magazine Journalist
Campaign Worker
Peace Corps/VISTA Worker
Chamber of Commerce Manager
Penologist
Community Relations Director
Political Consultant
Congressional Aide
Political Scientist
Consumer Advocate
Politician
Diplomat
Presidential Advance Person
Editor
Probation/Parole Officer
Foreign Correspondent
Public Administrator/Manager
Foreign Service Officer
Public Health Official
Geographer
Public Opinion Interviewer
Government Intelligence Analyst
Public Recreation Director
Government Worker
Public Relations Specialist
Hospital Administrator
Radio/TV Announcer
International Banker
Researcher
International Organization Official
School Administrator
International Trade Specialist
Survey Worker
Judge
Teacher, Social Studies
Labor Relations Specialist
Technical Writer
Lawyer
Urban/Regional Planner
Lobbyist
Writer/Author
Market Research Analyst

(from Hope College Office of Career Services)

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