What can I do with a major in...

What can I do with a major in Political Science?

In its broadest sense, political science is the study of governments and the governing procedures at various levels and in various cultures. The program is designed to meet the needs of students who expect to hold jobs in law enforcement, teaching, civil service, state/local governments, the federal bureaucracy, the legal profession, and journalism.

Strategies

• Acquire competency in foreign language(s)
• Get internship in political science, international relations or international studies
• Run for leadership positions on campus or in community
• Join multicultural groups or associations
• Enhance mathematical and statistical skills
• Write for publications dealing with political or international issues
• Volunteer for local and/or campus political campaigns
• Develop writing, research, and communication skills
• Enhance networking skills
• Join professional organizations


Career Titles

Account Executive
Account Service Rep
Advocate
Archivist
Announcer
Anthropologist
Association Manager
Attorney
Broadcast Journalist
Business Development Officer
Buyer
Campaign Manager
Campaign Worker
Chamber of Commerce Mgr
City Manager
Community Relations
Congressional Aide
Congressional Research
Consumer Advocate
Diplomat
Editor
Educator
Environmental Policy
FBI/CIA Agent
Foreign Correspondent
Foreign Service Officer
Geographer
Government Intelligence
Government Worker
Historic Preservationist
Hospital Administrator
International Banker
International Business
International Org Official
International Trade
Interpreter
Journalist
Judge
Labor Organizer

Labor Relations Specialist
Law Enforcement Officer
Legal Assistant
Legislative Analyst
Lobbyist
Management Analyst
Mayor
Market Research Analyst
Media Analyst
Military Officer
Paralegal
Parole/Probation Officer
Peace Corps/Vista Worker
Political Pollster
Penologist
Politician
Political Consultant
Political Scientist
Presidential Advances
Probation Officer
Public Administrator
Public Health Official
Public Opinion Interviewer
Public Recreation Director
Public Relations Specialist
Radio/TV Announcer/Producer
Real Estate Agent/Broker
Research Assistant
Researcher
Sales Manager
School Administrator
Social Services Admin
Social Worker
Special Interest Group
Survey Worker
Teacher: Social Sciences
Underwriter
Technical Writer
Urban/Regional Planner
Writer/Author



 

Professional Organizations

American Political Science Association
152 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036-1206

National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
1029 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005

The Academy of Political Science Association
475 Riverside Dr., Suite 1274
New York, NY 10115-1274

Web sites

American Political Science Association:Online Resources to Find a Job
Social Scientists (Occupational Outlook Handbook)

Sites and links for US Government careers
 
http://www.fedworld.gov/
http://www.federaljobs.net/ 
Riley Guide
What Color Is Your Parachute?: The Net Guide

General Political Science Information Sites

National Political Science Honor Society
(Pi Sigma Alpha)
Political Science- Scholarly Societies

Law Sites

Pre-Law Student Services
Pre-Law Handbook (A Guide to Law School)

Contact Information

 

Megan Adukaitis
Director of Career Development


Career Development Office:
Bernardine Hall, Suite 103
Phone: 610-796-8225
Fax: 610-790-1968

Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Evening hours by appointment.

Email: career.services@alvernia.edu