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Political Science

Political science is the study of governments and how they develop, operate, and interact. Those in the field may conduct research on topics such as public opinion, political decision making, ideology, and public policy. The intent is largely to help government leaders develop policies and programs that meet the needs of society.


A person working in a political science related field should possess the following qualities and skills:

  • Communication
  • Writing
  • Research
  • Analysis

Career Opportunities

A political science major may work in any of these capacities:

  • Lawyer
  • Campaign Manager
  • Political Consultant
  • Public Administrator
  • Teacher/Professor

Political science majors can be found working in a variety of settings including: consulting firms, universities, government agencies, and research institutions.

Core Political Science Courses that may be helpful in pursuing the major**:

  • Introduction to Politics
  • American Government and Politics
  • State and Local Government
  • International Politics
  • Elementary Statistics
  • United States History
  • Economics
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Introduction to Sociology

**Specific political science requirements will vary depending on the baccalaureate granting institution.

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