Political Science


What is Political Science?

Political science is the study of governments, politics, and policy. Students choose course work from fields in political science, including:

  • political theory and methodology
  • American government
  • public law and public administration
  • comparative politics
  • international relations

Majoring in political science can qualify you for many different careers in private for-profit and nonprofit organizations, as well as public sector organizations. Career options can include business, law, consulting, state, local, and federal government, journalism and communications, international organizations, finance, political campaigns, interest groups, community service and non-governmental organizations, and pre-college and college teaching. Political science training also provides valuable preparation for participating in community organizations, electoral politics, lobbying efforts on behalf of specific policies, and especially for seeking elective or appointive positions in government.

Skills a political science degree can give you:

  • writing and research
  • critical thinking and debating
  • public speaking and debating
  • data interpreting and analyzing
  • problem solving
  • leadership and decision making
  • statistical analysis