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Political Science

The topics studied by political scientists range from public opinion, elections, and interest groups to comparative government, international relations, security studies, political philosophy, constitutional law, and legislative behavior. With such a wide range of options, political science students have substantial freedom to tailor their courses of study to meet individual goals and interests. Many political scientists find positions in the business community as public liaison experts, lobbyists, or market researchers. Others pursue graduate degrees in political science, law, or public administration. A substantial portion have landed government and political positions, assuming duties as: elected representatives, political advisors, congressional staff members, foreign service officers, and United Nations employees.

Related career titles

Campaign staffer
College/university faculty*
Congressional aide
Congressional researcher
Economic developer
Environmental policy analyst
Foreign service officer
Historic preservationist
Intelligence officer
International trade specialist
Legal assistant
Legislator
Lobbyist
Media analyst
Political consultant
Politician
Pollster
Press secretary
Research analyst

*Additional training needed for these occupations

Resources available in ACIC*  

Career Opportunities in Politics, Government, and Activism
Careers in Law
Great Jobs for Political Science Majors
Guide to America’s Federal Jobs
Opportunities in Government Careers
Vault Guide to Capitol Hill Careers

*Books are available for checkout.

Related political science links

K-State Political Science Department
http://www.k-state.edu/polsci

American Political Science Association
http://www.apsanet.org

Association of Government Relations Professionals
http://grprofessionals.org/

American Association of Political Consultants
http://www.theaapc.org