Political Science

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About the Political Science Program

The Political Science Program enables its majors to improve substantially their understanding of themselves and the world. The department seeks to educate students to have knowledge and appreciation of politics, the development of political thought and governance, and the essential knowledge of their chosen fields. It attempts to enable students to live more meaningfully in the world according to their understanding of themselves and others. The department seeks to prepare its graduates for employment and/or advanced study, and to stimulate students in anticipating their future roles as professionals and citizens.


The James C. Klein Memorial Scholarship is awarded every year to a talented pre-law student. Political Science majors and minors are also eligible for a variety of university-wide scholarships as well as scholarships offered through the College of Liberal Arts and Education.

Career Opportunities

Students who major in political science move into a variety of professional careers upon their graduation. Some seek a career in the public sector by becoming mid-level administrators of city, state or federal governments and their affiliated agencies. Some go on to graduate school for a master's degree program in public policy and administration, which practically assures challenging and rewarding positions in management. Others go to law school or develop their careers in the business sector as mid-level managers. Foreign service and working for international organizations are other career options for political science majors.

Listed below are just a few examples of career possibilities for political science majors:

  • Public Affairs Research Analyst
  • Attorney
  • Journalist
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Financial Consultant
  • State/Federal Representative
  • Plans and Review Officer, USIA
  • Editor
  • Research Consulting Firm/Advertising Firm
  • State Department Officer
  • Consultant
  • Administration and Policy Development
  • Management Analyst
  • Corporate Economist
  • Survey Analyst
  • Political Information Products Analyst
  • Manager of Political Programs
  • Intelligence Operations
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Press Office Personnel, U.S. Embassy
  • Legislative Assistant
  • State Governor's Office, State Operations
  • County Treasurer
  • Bank Issues Analyst
  • Supervisor, State Department of Education
  • Director of State Archives and History
  • Systems Analyst
  • Marketing Research Supervisor
  • FAA Personnel Officer
  • University Administrator
  • Political Commentator
  • Employee Relations Analyst
  • County Clerk
  • Campaign Finance Analyst
  • Chief of Staff, Committee, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Educator (K-12/College Level)
  • State/Federal Tax Bureau Personnel
  • Budget Examiner
  • Program Evaluator
  • Governor's Office, Director of State Operations


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