Careers in Political Science

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The study of political science at UW-Parkside offers opportunities toward careers in government, law, business, journalism, and advocacy, as well as further training in graduate school.

Government Service

With the analytical tools of political science, one can understand complicated international dilemmas. From reading the newspaper to taking a job at the United Nations, political science is a strong background. Americans employed abroad may work as foreign service officers for the Department of State, as Peace Corps volunteers, or as employees for any number of non-governmental organizations.

There is a myriad of jobs among the various branches of the U.S. government for which political science is an appropriate background. Such career opportunities might range from an intelligence specialist with the CIA, to a program analyst with a regulating agency, to a research assistant on Capitol Hill.

State and local:
Job opportunities for political science students have increased substantially in this sector as a result of the expansion of executive and legislative responsibilities in such areas as pollution control, consumer protection, and industrial development.

Many students who intend to go to law school see a political science degree as an appropriate stepping stone. The political science curriculum offers a number of courses that expose students to contemporary social and legal issues of the day.


Undergraduate training in political science provides you with analytic skills that are transferrable to the world of business. Studying public administration, organizational theory, and international politics may be particularly helpful to those interested in business careers.

A background in political science provides excellent preparation for a career in journalism, particularly for political reporters who need to be especially literate in the workings of government.

Interest groups are major agents in the political process. They represent virtually all sectors of American society, including business interests, civil rights organizations, environmental activists, and organized labor. Such groups need a range of specialists with backgrounds in political science.

Studying Political Science in Graduate School
The political science major offers excellent preparation for continued study in graduate school. Students who aspire to earn either a master's degree (M.A., M.S., MPA, etc.) or a doctorate (Ph.D.) in political science have a number of career opportunities open to them. While most people with advanced degrees in political science are employed as college and university professors, graduate training in political science can also lead to employment in government, professional research organizations, and other interest groups.

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