As a discipline firmly rooted in the Liberal Arts, political science provides students with the broad critical thinking, analytical and writing skills that are applicable to many different positions in the job market. Most people attracted to a major in political science have an interest in politics, public affairs, and public service. The possible career paths listed below are a sampling of the most common for political science. Specific career choices depend on a student’s interests, skills and such issues as willingness to pursue graduate studies or to relocate geographically. Students should discuss their options with faculty in the department and with Career Services. The department also encourages students to seek out internships in their fields of interest and/or to reach out to practitioners who can provide further insights on possible careers.
Some examples of careers include:
There are many career options for Political Science graduates. Political Science students are occasionally told they should pursue more "practical" majors. In reality, our students do very well. Compare our graduates' earnings to those from other majors using data collected by the Hamilton Project.
B.A. only - no Post-Graduate Degrees
With Post-Graduate Degrees
Political Science is competitive with more technical fields as well.