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How can become a political science researcher for a major university?

I like politics and knowledge in history. political-science history college-major

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Michael’s Answer

Hi Philip, I went to ASU in Arizona and they didn't have dedicated people doing research. As a requirement to be a professor you must research and publish pear review papers consistently with the idea being to maintain sharpness in your field you need to be the most up to date possible which involved researching old topics from new perspectives or breaking through into a new area entirely!

Damil above is correct in needing a PhD or Masters degree then publishing your own research. It wouldn't be common to hire an individual without experience in such a demanding environment as you need to be able to do more than read articles and history, there are test to be ran, and numbers to crunch, and experts to seek out. Building rapport with someone in that field is critical as well.
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Damil’s Answer

Hey Philip!

From my knowledge as a political science graduate in order to become a political science researcher for a major university, having a good relationship with an instructor is important. During your undergraduate career if you pursue a major such as political science or history attending office hours for a professor can help get the process started. Your aim should be to get a summer internship with the instructor or within the political science department as a researcher. Another avenue to become a researcher would be to pick a specific issue/topic you would like to study and pursue it with an instructor when electing to write your senior thesis. Speaking with professors at your college and university will point you in the right direction depending on where you live. Getting a masters degree or Phd may be required for specific universities, speaking to your local career center or political science department may help.

Hopefully this helps,
Thanks- Damil
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