Political Science

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

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 

Job and Internship Search Resources

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Employment Strategies

  1. Identify areas of interest related to your major so you can focus your academics and experiences towards these fields. 
  2. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent studies, internshipspart-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering
  3. Register for Hire Jayhawks and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information. 
  4. Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field. 
  5. Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center. 
  6. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest.
  7. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals. 
  8. Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills. 
  9. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school. 
  10. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest.