Political Science Careers

Political Science graduates work in a highly diverse set of social organizations, including those who are self-employed and run their own businesses.  See the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for answers to the most common questions about Political Science careers.  Beyond those answers note that the American Political Science Association reports on political science graduates in just under sixty professional roles.  Not surprisingly, the data show that there is no area in which most Political Science graduates work.  In addition, the graduate should consider if additional education beyond the B.A. will be necessary to get you to an end state.  In extreme instances a doctorate should be considered.  That is not typical, however.  In the 21st Century, a master's or law degree is highly desirable.  If the latter, the field might be one of several: Political Science, International Relations, Public Administration, Business, or Education, as examples.  For those intending to go into K-12 teaching, a credential is necessary.  The APSA data that follow show distributions, but are no substitute for careful thought and discussion with a faculty mentor about what to do with the degree after graduation.

Note that internships are an excellent way to explore career options.  So also are conversations with alumni who maintain contact with the faculty and who are often eager to discuss with undergraduate majors the requisites for success in their careers.

2013 Senior Explores Career Possibilities

Graduating Senior Rory Chapman took time in the nation's capital to visit the center of U.S. journalism.