Why major in political science?


There are very good reasons to consider a major or minor in political science, regardless of your long-term career plans. A political science degree combines skills in oral and written communication, history, statistics and quantitative analysis, and research literacy, making students of this field highly adaptable to an ever-changing job market. It is no surprise that political science is second only to economics as the most economically valuable major in the social sciences, and is tied with fields like chemistry and geosciences in regards to median wage earnings.  Our field is also one of the top 10 most popular undergraduate majors for millionaires around the world, with graduates representing the fields of investment banking, law, lobbying, and consulting. 


Former OSU Political Science major and Outstanding Senior
Chelsey Johnson describes why she choose political science. 

Some of our majors focus in American politics, studying such topics as parties and elections, public opinion, the courts, or interest groups.  Others are more interested in global politics, specializing in the related fields of comparative politics and international relations.  Our international-themed courses include classes on the politics of Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Russia, as well as topical courses on terrorism, foreign policy, conflict, international political economy, and international organizations.  This variety in course work allows our students to design their degree in a way that best appeals to their interest and helps prepare them for one of the many career paths for political science majors, including: 

Lawyer or Legal Assistant
Non-Profit Organizer
Campaign Manager
Polling/Survey Analyst
City Planner
State Legislator
Political Consultant
International Development Worker

     Researcher for Gov't Agency or Think Tank
Journalist
CIA Analyst or Agent
Diplomat
Intelligence Officer
Conflict Mediator
Corporate Advisor
FBI Agent 
Congressional Office Staff

And if that's not enough, the American Political Science Association has an even more extensive list of possible careers for people who receive a bachelor's in political science. 

Students in other fields may find that adding a political science degree makes them more marketable on the job market.  Communications and political science is good preparation for a political journalist or press secretary, and a double-major in political science and biology, chemistry, or another of the sciences will be more successful working on scientific policy-making.  

If you are considering graduate school, students who go on to earn a Masters or PhD in political science are sought out for their advanced analytic skills, often finding employment as researchers or consultants for federal, state, and local governments, management and consulting firms, social advocacy organizations, research and development companies, and colleges or universities.

 


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Current OSU students who would like to declare a political science major or minor should also contact Vincent Burke to set up an advising appointment. 
 

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