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What can I do with a major in Political Science?

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The information below describes typical occupations and employers associated with this major. Understand that some of the options listed below may require additional training. Moreover, you are not limited to these options alone when choosing a possible career path.

Description of Political Science

The Department of Political Science offers students the opportunity to examine the theory and practice of democratic politics and government, and to develop a capacity for intelligent evaluation of public policies, political ideas, and opinions. Political science is concerned with fundamental questions of justice, law, the constitutional structure of government, national and local institutions, decision-making processes, and the causes and consequences of public policies. Courses are offered in the fields of American Government and Politics, Political Philosophy, Public Policy and Legal Studies. Students majoring in political science prepare for careers in fields such as law, government service, education, criminal justice, management and journalism. The curriculum develops analytical reasoning and research skills, and stresses excellence in written and oral expression. The department provides academic and placement counseling on graduate and law schools. Political Science is also a good foundation for careers in public service, campaign work, and various management positions in the private sector. (Rhodes’ Department of Political Science Website)

Possible Job Titles of Political Science Graduates

(*Jobs secured as reported by Rhodes Career Services post-graduate survey)
 
Account Executive
Advertising Sales Assistant*
Assistant Media Planner*
Broker/Salesman*
Business Consultant*
Debate Coach
Campaign Coordinator
Case Manager*
Chief Financial Officer
Child Welfare Service Worker*
CIA/FBI Agent
Claims Examiner*
Clerk*
Commercial Real Estate Agent
Community Organizer*
Congressional Aide
Conservationist
Courier
Convention/Meeting Planner*
Credit Manager
Customer Service Rep.
Deputy Press Secretary*
Detention Officer
Development Specialist*
Director of Communications/PR*
Diagnostic Consultant
Director of Sales/Marketing*
Field Coordinator*
Financial Analyst*
Foreign Service Officer
Government Affairs Manager*
Government Contractor*
Human Resources Specialist*
Insurance Agent
Investigator*
Judicial Clerk
Lawyer
Legal Assistant*
Legislative Assistant*
Legislative Correspondent*
Litigation Clerk
Lobbyist
Manager*
Marketing Coordinator
Meetings Coordinator*
Merchandising Assistant*
Minister of Youth
Night Auditor
Paralegal*
Patrol Officer
Peace Corp Volunteer
Policy Examiner*
Political Analyst
Portfolio Assistant
Project Manager*
Proofreader
Public Policy Assistant*
Public Relations Specialist
Real Estate Associate*
Research Analyst*
Sales Associate*
Senior Caseworker
Staff Assistant*
Staff Recruiter*
Studio Tour Guide
Teacher*
Technical Analyst
VP Government Affairs
Volunteer
Web Developer
Youth Director*

Possible Employers and Employment Settings for Political Science Graduates

(*Jobs secured as reported by Rhodes Career Services post-graduate survey)

AFLAC*
AKQA*
Airlines*
American Arbitration
Amedius*
American Rivers
Andersen Consulting
America’s Second Harvest*
American Promotions*
Albany Magazine/Publishing
AutoZone*
Banks/Financial Corporations*
Box Beat*
Business Information Network
Center for Prisoner Legal Asst.
Clerk of Superior Court
Colleges and Universities*
CNN
Dawson Utilities
Day Trading Institute*
Datastream System
Department Stores*
Doyle Rogers Company*
Equis Corporation*
Ernest & Julio Gallo
Federated Stores*
FiltersRx.com*
GMAC
Government Agencies*
Hewitt Associates
House of Representatives*
Invesco
JET*
Katz Media Group
Law Firms*
Launch Media*
Los Alamos National Lab
Mercer Capital*            
MONY Group*                                    
Northwestern Mutual Life
Newspapers or Magazines
Nonprofit Organizations*
Pinnacle Performance Group*
Political Interest Groups
Partnership for Prevention*
Political Parties*
Prudential Securities
Proctor & Gamble
Racine Interfaith Coalition*
Radio Stations*
Sentinel Monitoring
Security National Bank
Southern Center for Humanity*
School Systems*
St. Jude Children’s Hospital*
Teach for America*
The Collegiate Licensing Co
Transportation Intermediaries*
Unisys
U.S. Army & Navy*
U.S. Marine Corp
U.S. Congress / Senate*
U.S. Banking Alliance
U.S. News Wire
U.S. Department of Justice
U.S. Peace Corp
Viacom, Inc.*
Windsor Group*
Youth Villages*

Skill Sets and Interests Commonly Associated with Political Science Majors

  • Capable of explaining complex data
  • Ability to conduct scientific research
  • Skillful at speaking, reading, and writing
  • Ability to effectively communicate ideas
  • Gifted at explain complicated research
  • Able to associate with people with differing beliefs
  • Skilled at developing personal thoughts/theories
  • Ability to assess crises and problem-solve
  • Awareness of community needs
  • Maintains charismatic attitude
  • Propensity to be a leader

Top Career Services Resources for Political Science Majors

  • The Official Guide to Legal Specialties by Lisa L. Abrams, J.D.
  • Great Jobs for Political Science Majors by Mark Rown
  • An Insider’s Guide to Political Jobs in Washington by William T. Endicott
  • Federal Jobs: The Ultimate Guide by Morgan and Goldenkoff

Rhodes Contacts Associated with Political Science Majors

Career Services
901-843-3800
rhodes.edu/careerservices 

Rhodes Department of Political Science
901-843-3818
rhodes.edu/politicalscience

Additional Resources/Contacts for Political Science Majors

American Association of Political Consultants
American League of Lobbyists
American Political Science Assoc
Assoc for Public Policy Analysis /Management
International Studies Association
Women’s Caucus for Political Science
World Future Society