We help our students better understand the institutions that shape and implement public policy — in our society and in an increasingly complex and independent world.

The Department of Political Science provides concentrated study that combines excellent and rigorous classroom instruction with hands-on, experiential opportunities for learning.

We prepare our graduating majors to apply their political science training in a variety of ways and settings, whether continuing with graduate studies or law school or moving directly into meaningful employment in government and politics.

Political Science Major

Students who major in political science hone the writing, communications, analytical and computer skills that are essential 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 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.

Political Science Careers

Majoring in political science an qualify you for many different careers in private for-profit and nonprofit organizations, as well as public sector organizations. Our students will be equipped to pursue careers in:

  • Business
  • Law
  • Consulting
  • State
  • Local, and federal government
  • Journalism and communications
  • International organization
  • Finance
  • Polling and campaign management
  • Community service
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Pre-college and college teaching
Political Science Training

Training in political science 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, participating in them develops skills and creates opportunities for career success.