Careers

Why study political science?

Political science majors develop finely honed analytical skills, deep insight into human behavior and institutional operations and enhanced communication abilities. A degree in political science is highly valued in a wide spectrum of potential career areas. Any professional whose work involves the public domain would benefit from the knowledge gained and the critical skills developed as a political science major. 

A degree in political science can lead to exciting careers in: 

Law

  • Prosecutor
  • Defense Attorney 
  • Civil Rights Lawyer 

Federal, state and local government

  • Alderperson 
  • State Representative 
  • City Planner 
  • Congressional Office/Committee Staffer 
  • CIA Analyst or Agent 
  • Budget Analyst 
  • Coordinator of Federal or State Aid 
  • Immigration Officer 
  • Secret Service Officer 
  • Foreign Service Officer 
  • Urban Policy Planner
  • Customs Officer 
  • FBI Agent 

Non-profit organizations

  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Americans United for Separation of Church and State
  • American Humane Associations
  • Greenpeace
  • National Parks Foundation
  • American Red Cross
  • Doctors Without Borders
  • Coalition for the Homeless 
  • Oxfam 
  • Habitat for Humanity

Other Opportunities

  • Community activism
  • Campaign management and polling
  • Journalism
  • Election management
  • University and college teaching
  • Scholarly research