Why Study Political Science?

What is Political Science?

Political Science is the Study of politics and government, both in the United States and around the world. Political science majors develop strong research and analytical skills while exploring topics such as the philosophies on which governments have been founded, the ways in which citizens affect and are affected by their governments and relationships within the international community.

Success Factors

Political science majors typically possess (or are willing to develop) the strong analytical skills necessary for interpreting and evaluating arguments. Most like to read and succeed when asked to work independently. Political science students also enjoy vigorous in-class discussion and like to apply their learning to real-world problems as well as to theoretical concerns. Consequently, political science majors enjoy researching and debating different points of view on wide-ranging issues involving politics and public affairs.

Career Possibilities

Graduates with a B.A. in Political Science are prepared for many different career options, including:

  • State, local and federal government
  • Party politics
  • Secondary education
  • Business
  • International Organizations
  • Public relations
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Military
  • Nongovernmental Organizations

Many Political Science majors use their degree as preparation for law school or graduate degrees in political science, public policy, business, and other fields related to the careers listed above.