What Can I Do With a Major In Political Science?
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Learn more about being a political science major. All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and political science majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include knowledge of worldwide political systems and processes, strong verbal and written communication skills, the ability to work with diverse groups and analyze dense information.
Students who take the SuperStrong Interest Inventory receive a three-letter interest code, which identifies their top three areas of interest, work activities, potential skills, and personal values. The interest code "SEC" is often associated with this major, however, the SuperStrong assessment can help you understand how your interests connect to a variety of majors and career options. You can learn more about common employer types and occupations associated with this major. You can also see CLA specific examples of alumni careers below.
- Undergrad Political Science Association
- Pre-Law Society
- American Political Science Association
- Association for Political Theory
- National Association of Paralegal Association
- National Association of Legal Assistants
- University of Minnesota, PhD, Political Science
- University of Wisconsin, PhD, Political Science
- Georgetown University, MA, Government
Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although, keep in mind that there are political science alumni in all eight of the career fields). For more career information for political science majors, utilize these additional resources
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