Political Science Overview

What do Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Peter Wentz, Elisabeth Shue, Rachel Maddow, Mia Hamm, Aisha Tyler and Rebecca Lobo all have in common? They studied political science.

The political science minor is a useful addition to any program of study for students wanting a better understanding of political processes and current events. What is political science? It is a study in liberal arts which incorporates a variety of areas such as history, religion, English, writing, philosophy and ethics. The study of political science is, at its most basic, concerned with the ways in which politics and power coincide, overlap and transform. While many people assume that political science is primarily concerned with governments, it can also address corporations, nonprofits, social groups and even individuals.

Political Science Career Paths

A rigorous scientific study of how politics operates has a wide range of applications.  This is why political science careers vary. Not only does the field seek to understand the relationships between governments, but it also studies the rights and responsibilities of the citizens themselves. Careers in public administration and political activity are available for graduates with knowledge of the discipline of political science.

Other employment opportunities might be in political campaigns, any branch of government, a non-profit organization, a politically-based website, government relations in for-profit or not-for-profit organizations, schools, magazines, political parties or teaching. These employers look for those who studied political science.

What can you do with a political science degree? You can combine your political science minor with other majors to prepare for employment in jobs that include but are not limited to:

Politics

  • Politician
  • Political Correspondent
  • Events Planner
  • Public Opinion Analyst
  • Diplomat
  • Policy Analyst
  • Executive Assistant
  • Campaign Worker
  • Political Consultant
  • Congressional Research

City, State, Federal Government

  • City Manager
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Executive Assistant
  • Public Relations Director
  • Parole/Probation Officer
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Urban Policy Planner
  • Intelligence Agent
  • Foreign Service Worker
  • Public Relations Director
  • Diplomat
  • Strategic Planning Consultant

Education 

  • Education/Teacher
  • Curriculum developer
  • Student Affairs administrator

Social Services

  • Human Rights Advocate
  • Social Worker

Business  

  • Business Administrator
  • Events Planner
  • Executive Search Consultant
  • Financial Planner
  • Public Relations Director
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Strategic Planning Consultant
  • Sales Manager

Law

  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Legal Investigator
  • Lawyer
  • Parole/Probation Officer
  • Lobbyist/Organizer
  • Historical Archivist/Researcher
  • Congressional Research

Journalism/Media

  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Political Correspondent
  • Policy Analyst
  • Media Specialist
  • Historical Archivist/Researcher
  • International Market Researcher
  • Technical Writer