Are you interested in American politics, international affairs, domestic developments in other parts of the world and political theory? Do you want to study these subjects and pursue a career based on your interests? If so, you should consider political science as a major. Political science is the study of government, public policies and political behavior. Political science uses both humanistic perspectives and scientific skills to examine the United States and all countries and regions of the world.

As a political science major, you will hone the writing, communications, analytical and computer skills that are critical to a liberal arts education. The courses offered in our Department will prepare you to think critically and independently, with tolerance for others and concern for current affairs.

Majoring in political science can qualify you for many different careers in private for-profit and nonprofit organizations, as well as public sector organizations. Students often pursue careers in business, law, consulting, state, local, and federal government, journalism and communications, international organization, finance, polling and campaign management, community service and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), pre-college and college teaching.

Political science training also provides valuable preparation for participating in community organizations, electoral politics, movements on behalf of specific policies, and for seeking elective or administrative positions in government. While many of these are voluntary activities, participation in them develops skills and creates opportunities for career success. (Source: Adapted from American Political Science Association Brochure.)

Resources to Explore

List of careers, skill sets, and description of the Politics and International Affairs major from the Office of Personal and Career Development.

The American Political Science Association has additional resources on exploring applied career options.