What Can You Do With a Major in Political Science?


Political science major careers and jobs

The study of politics and government is beneficial to students seeking careers in government and those who will find positions in any large and complex organization. The study of the principles of politics and administration, and the ethical values involved in social decisions and interpersonal relationships that characterize political science, are as relevant and appropriate to corporate or educational contexts as they are to governmental ones. So what can you do with a major in political science? Our graduates have gone into careers in law, business, teaching, journalism, government and political activism, to name just a few.

Jobs for political science majors

Opportunities for political science grads are plentiful. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts faster-than-average job growth for political scientists, and that's only one path you can take with this degree.

Some go on to graduate study in political science, while other political science majors have found jobs in:

  • Federal, state and local government
  • Intelligence and Homeland Security
  • Interest groups and policy advocacy
  • International and domestic business
  • International development and local nonprofit organizations
  • Law
  • Political campaigns and congressional offices

Additional resources for careers in political science can be found here.