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Political Science Overview

The political science minor at SMWC is a useful addition to any program of study for students wanting a better understanding of political processes and current events. Our degree programs provide the flexibility to lead you to the career of your dreams. With your professional advisors helping you along the way, you can mix and match majors and minors to get the perfect degree tailored to you and your career aspirations. Plus, you’ll graduate with a strong foundation in liberal arts.

Political science, in a liberal arts sense, incorporates a variety of areas such as history, religion, English, writing, philosophy and ethics. Not only does the field seek to understand the relationship between governments, but it also studies the rights and responsibilities of the citizens themselves. While many people assume that political science is primarily concerned with governments, it can also address corporations, non-profits, social groups and even individuals.

Interested in majoring in political science? An individualized major is available to you. While not offered in the general curriculum, a major in political science can be put together through various consortium agreements and individualized customization. If you are considering a political science major, contact us today to discuss your options.


What is political science and what can you do with a degree in it?
Political science is the study of the ways in which politics and power coincide, overlap and transform. Knowing how politics operate has a wide variety of applications, which means political science careers may vary. Careers in public administration and political activity are available for graduates of this discipline. Other employment opportunities include political campaigns, any branch of government, non-profit organizations, schools, magazines or teaching. You can combine your political science minor with many majors to prepare for employment in jobs include:

  • Politics
    • Politician
    • Events planner
    • Public opinion analyst
    • Campaign worker
    • Congressional research
    • Political consultant
  • City, State or Federal Government
    • City manager
    • Public relations director
    • Parole/Probation officer
    • Urban policy planner
    • Strategic planning consultant
    • Foreign service worker
  • Education/ Social Services
    • Teaching
    • Curriculum developer
    • Student affairs administrator
    • Human rights advocate
    • Social worker
  • Business
    • Business administrator
    • Financial planner
    • Consumer advocate
    • Executive search consultant
    • Sales manager
  • Law
    • Lawyer
    • Labor relations specialist
    • Legal investigator
    • Lobbyist/Organizer
    • Historical archivist/Researcher
  • Journalism/Media
    • Editor
    • Journalist
    • Political correspondent
    • Policy analyst
    • International market researcher

What support and resources are provided at SMWC?
The Learning Resource Center (LRC) provides exceptional, personalized learning resource services to encourage student success. The LRC offers help with a range of academic support services, including a writing center, tutoring, college success courses and more.