Political Science Major Career Planning Options
Politics can be traced back to ancient civilizations as evidenced by mud-slinging political advertisements painted on the walls of ancient Greek ruins. Political science involves the study of this age-old practice of competition for community leadership between diverse interest groups or individuals. The Political Science degree at Rivier builds upon political science course offerings and a liberal arts foundation to include a broad view of interrelated legal issues and challenges. Rivier Political Science majors learn about the varied forms of governments and the political process as revealed through the interactions of citizens and government officials. These students develop the ability to think analytically, to conduct research, and to communicate effectively. Visit Rivier's History, Law and Political Science Department for information on degrees and course selection.
Political Science Major Skills
Oral & Written Communication
Able to Develop & Market Ideas
Work Well Under Pressure
Understanding of Community Needs
Interact with Diverse Populations
Ability to Organize & Interpret Social, Economic, & Political Data
Career Paths in Political Science
Careers for Political Science graduates are diverse and dependent upon one's interests, abilities, work values, academic emphasis and practical experience in the field. These graduates can consider options in the areas of law, public service, international affairs, political science, and government service at the federal, state, or local levels. Employment positions may involve campaign work, journalism, lobbying, policy research, public affairs, and teaching. Additional career opportunities can be found in business and with non-profit agencies holding contracts with the government. A law degree is required for the practice of law and is frequently obtained by politicians as a support to their political career as well as a discipline to fall back on when not in office. Volunteer experiences and internships are most effective for building a network of contacts and a clear sense of preferred work environments and activities.
Political Science graduates may work as . . .
(The following are titles from across the industry. Some of these jobs may require education or experience beyond a bachelor's degree.)
Community Relations Director
Foreign Service Officer
International Trade Specialist
Labor Relations Organizer
Public Policy Analyst
Teacher, Social Studies
Political Science graduates may work at . . .
Business & Industry
Political Interest Groups
Campaign Management Firms
Colleges & Universities
Chambers of Commerce
Ways to Increase Employability
- Pursue elective course work or additional training related to one's professional field of interest.
- Participate in volunteer and service learning opportunities.
- Become an active student member of university, community, or professional organizations, which enhance leadership skills and promote networking relationships with fellow professionals.
- Obtain quality practical experience prior to graduation through relevant part-time, full-time, and summer job/internship positions.
- Candidates interested in becoming elected or appointed officials in government should build on accomplishments by obtaining paid or unpaid positions with school boards, zoning commissions, political action groups, charitable organizations, political campaigns, or fraternal organizations.
Sources of Information on Majors, Careers and Employment in Political Science
- Rivier University Faculty, Academic Advisors, & Health Sciences Department Resources
- Professionals Working in the Field
- Professional Organizations
- Rivier University Career Development Center Counseling Staff, Website & Office Resources
Rivier University's Career Development Center Resources
Effective career decision-making evolves through a process of gathering accurate self-knowledge and significant information about the major or career being explored. The Rivier University Career Development Center offers individual counseling and career resources regarding self-assessment, career exploration, gaining practical experience, and job searching skills. For more information, contact us at 897-8246. The following is a partial list of career resources, available in our office, which may be of interest to Political Science majors:
- Career Opportunities in Law and the Legal Industry
- Careers for History Buffs
- Barron’s Guide to Law Enforcement Careers
- Careers for Persuasive Types & Others Who Won’t Take No for an Answer
- Extraordinary Jobs in the Government
- FBI Careers: The Ultimate Guide to Landing a Job as One of America’s Finest
- Great Jobs for History Majors
- Great Jobs for Political Science Majors
- Real People Working in Government
- Real People Working in Law
- So You Want to Be a Lawyer
- Peterson’s Graduate Programs in Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences
- Peterson’s Graduate Programs in Business, Education, Law, etc.
- Should You Really Be A Lawyer?
Professional & Rivier University Organizations related to Political Science
Career Related Websites for Political Science Majors