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What can someone do in the Political Science field?

I am thinking of majoring in political science and I would like to know some possible careers that people have from this. #political-science

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J’s Answer

Hi Matthew - I definitely agree with Phi's answer. There are a large number of career possibilities if you major in political science as a undergraduate. I'm getting a PhD in political science (after receiving an undergraduate degree in public policy and international affairs). Usually, people who get a PhD in political science either go into:
1) academia: this means they become professors at universities who do research on politics and who teach classes related to politics
2) government / think tanks: this means they work for government agencies, international organizations, or think tanks as policy-maker and policy-advisors.


One thing to note is that getting a PhD in political science is a long term commitment (usually 5-7 years), and top PhD programs are very competitive (you have to have a strong undergraduate GPA, good letters of recommendations from your undergraduate professors, good GRE scores). But if you get in, instead of you paying tuition (which you have to do for undergraduate and masters programs), the PhD program pays you (usually your tuition, healthcare is free, and you get a stipend of around $30,000 per year).

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Phi’s Answer

Political science is a great major. I was not a poli sci major but I am an attorney and I know that many attorneys majored in poli sci as undergraduates. Some other careers that are applicable: law enforcement, political campaign positions, government positions, and teaching are just a few.

Thank you comment icon You can work in several fields with a degree in Political Science. You can find a job in the Dpt of State, Justice, IRS, SSN, DHHS, NGOs, GOs, Consultancy etc.... Felix Ayika, CFE
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Eric’s Answer

I majored in Political Science.


The degree is a popular choice for those going to law school. But to be honest, unless you intend to go to graduate school, your employment options with just a Poli Sci undergraduate degree is severely limited. I do not recall ever seeing a job advert by a private employer who specifically mentions wanting Political Science majors. Perhaps there are some in the public sector, but I never looked as that's not a sector I want to pursue.


As someone already said, if you want to work in a government field or in academia, you need to know that your pursuit in the Poli Sci field should be viewed as a long-term investment. There is some risk involved because if you graduate and decide continuing education isn't for you, your employment prospects will be limited compared to, say, those who majored in a technical or business field.


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You can work in several fields with a degree in Political Science. You can find a job in the Dpt of State, Justice, IRS, SSN, DHHS, NGOs, GOs, Consultancy etc....

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Theodore’s Answer

The most important thing to consider is not the topic of political science itself -- instead, focus on the skills that you are able to build through the process of studying political science. In particular, writing, analysis, and research skills are all highly transferrable and applicable in nearly any professional setting. In addition, some of the topics that you may have the option to study, such as national security, cultural dynamics, mass media, negotiations, etc are all applicable in a broad range of jobs and professions.
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Jeremy’s Answer

A bachelor's degree in political science can lead to exciting careers in federal, state and local governments; law; business; international organizations; nonprofit associations and organizations; campaign management and polling; journalism; pre-collegiate education; electoral politics; research and university and college teaching.


Political science majors gain analytical skills, administrative competence and communication abilities that are valued in a wide spectrum of potential career areas.

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