Political Science

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The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers a BA and BGS, as well as a MA and a PhD in Political Science. The Political Science program's course offerings are grouped according to subfields which represent the discipline: American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Public Policy, and Political Theory.

Political Science Department website

Sample of Related Skills

  • Demonstrate analytical skills necessary to think critically about political life 
  • Show literacy in the discipline of political science  
  • Apply concepts and theories in the subfields of political science 
  • Apply political knowledge to work in internships and community service learning projects 
  • Develop academic proficiency in the subfields of American government and politics, comparative government, international relations, public administration, political theory, and public law 
  • Demonstrate skills in conducting as well as presenting research in political science

Popular Career Paths

Non-Profit Management: Can include administrative responsibilities, fundraising, event planning, and more.

Public Policy: Includes advocating, lobbying, and influencing to change policies.

Public Service: Includes jobs within local, state, and federal government.

Law: Involves advocating in court, researching and studying laws and judicial decisions, and advising clients and/or organizations.


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Jobs to Consider

Activist, Advocate/Organizer

Budget Examiner or Analyst

Campaign Operative

Congressional Office/Committee Staffer

Coordinator of Federal or State Aid

Corporation Legislative Issues Manager

Customs Officer

Federal Government Analyst

Foreign Service Officer

Foundation President

Immigration Officer

Intelligence Officer

Labor Relations Specialist

Legislative Analyst / Coordinator

Lobbyist

Mediator

Plans and Review Officer, USIA

Political Commentator

Pollster

Public Opinion/Survey Analyst

Research Analyst

Speech writer

State Legislator

 


Places to Seek Employment

Campaign Offices

Chambers of Commerce

Charities

City Governments

County Governments

Educational Institutions

Environmental Agencies

Federal Government Agencies

Foundations

Health Departments

Historical Sites

Interest Groups

Law Firms

Museums

National Parks

Non-Profit Organizations

Professional Associations

Regional Planning Agencies

State Governments

Think Tanks

U.S. Consulates

U.S. Diplomatic Missions 

U.S. Embassies

 

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Employment Strategies

  1. Identify areas of interest in politics, government, activism, etc. so you can focus your academics and experiences toward these fields.
  2. Become familiar with the required professional qualifications associated with careers that interest you (i.e., advanced degrees, licensure and/or certifications).
  3. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent study, internships, part-time jobs, student organization involvement, or volunteering.
  4. Register for HireJayhawks.com and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
  5. Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest in political science, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field.
  6. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant.
  7. Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills.
  8. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school.
  9. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest, such as: College Republicans-KU, Dole Institute of Politics-Student Advisory Board, KU Model United Nations, Natural History Museum Student Board, Student Legislative Awareness Board, Student Senate, Students for Global Awareness, and Young Democrats of KU.
  10. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest: sample resume (pdf).

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