The programs in the Department of Political Science are designed to teach students the fundamentals of contemporary public policy, the importance of politics and democracy, and the means by which government can be influenced to respond to collective needs.
What careers can this major prepare you for?
A major in Political Science offers a strong foundation in the Liberal Arts. Building on the foundation opens the way to many career opportunities in the Private, Non-Profit and Public sectors. The choice to continue your education in graduate school can lead to diverse careers in new and exciting areas, including Attorney at Law, Professor and City Manager, Journalist, Public Relations, Communications, Legal Research, Consulting, Public Policy Advocate, Director of Development, City Council Member, Law Enforcement Officer, Legislative Director, Public Relations Officer, School District Administrator.
What skills are developed within this major?
Political Science majors learn how to: Carefully and accurately analyze texts and ideas; apply qualitative and quantitative methods to real world problems, think critically about complex issues; research, digest, and utilize data from a variety of sources; communicate ideas clearly and effectively in writing and speech; engage with other viewpoints in a balanced and nuanced manner.