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What Can You Do With A Major In Political Science?  

 

Political Science is the study of the government and its systems, organizations, and processes at different levels and cultures. People in this field study the actions of the government, political parties, and revolutionary events, as well as the public's opinions and the decision-making processes involving politics. Others may conduct academic research, writing or teaching, or work on applied problems for federal agencies

 

Tracks

American Politics 
Fast Track to MPA
General Political Science
International Relations and Comparative Politics
Public Law
Public Administration and Public Policy

 

Some Related Career Titles

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Entry Level Jobs 

Account Executive

Business Development Associate

Advocate

Law Enforcement Officer

Paralegal

Teacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Years Minimum Experience Needed Positions and/or Master Degree 

Attorney

City Manager

Consultant

FBI/CIA Agent

Intelligence Analyst

Labor Organizer

Management Analyst

Political Scientist

Administration Manager

Social Worker

General Career Directions
Account Executive
Attorney
Business Development
City Manager
Congressional Aide/Research
Consultant
Consumer Advocate
FBI/CIA Agent
Government Intelligence Analyst
Historic Preservationist
Historic Site Interpreter
Labor Organizer
Law Enforcement Officer
Management Analyst
Media Analyst
Paralegal
Political Pollster
Political Scientist
Politician
Public Administration Manager
Researcher
Social Worker
Teacher
Writer/Author
 

 

Typical Employers/Work Settings

 

Colleges/Universities
Government Agencies
Hospitals
Public Courts
Public Services

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Beginning Salary Range: 

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Summer 2011 Salary Survey, beginning salaries for graduates with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, start at about $47,500 a year.

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Skills Needed For This Career 

Oral & written communication

Interact with diverse populations

Decision-making

Able to develop & market ideas

Problem-solving

Understanding of community needs

Analytical thinking

Computer literate

Research skills

Team worker

Leadership abilities

Work well under pressure

  

 

Links To Professional Associations 

Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases.
American Bar Association
American Political Science Association 
American Society for International Law
American Society for Public Administration
 

 

Job Search Information 

National Organizations or Databases 
http://federaljobs.net/employme.htm
http://www.govcentral.com/
http://www.lawjobs.com/
http://www.policeemployment.com/
http://www.pse-net.com/
http://www.publicservicecareers.org/
http://www.usajobs.gov/
http://www.usdoj.gov/06employment/06_1.html 

http://www.uspirg.org

http://www.careers.state.gov- U.S. Department of State

Local Organizations or Databases

http://www.flcourts.org/gen_public/employment/index.shtml
http://www.myflorida.com/ 

 

 

 

Graduate Schools 

Local Programs - Master of Arts in Political Science and other related programs
 
University of North Florida 
Florida Atlantic University
Florida International University
Florida State University
University of Central Florida
University of Miami
University of South Florida
University of West Florida
Other resources for graduate program research
http://www.gradschools.com/ 
http://www.petersons.com/ 
http://www.princetonreview.com/  

http://www.politicalsciencedegree.com- browse extensive listings of schools offering Political Science degrees.

 

 

Link To UNF Program 

The College of Arts and Sciences  at the University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Arts in  Political Science.  

 

 

Holland Codes 

 

American Politics- Social; Enterprising; Investigative (SEI)
Political Science-General - Investigative; Artistic; Social (IAS)
International Relations/comparative Politics- Investigative; Artistic; Social (IAS)
Public Law- Enterprising; Investigative; Artistic (EIA)
Public Administration and Public Policy- Social; Enterprising; Investigative (SEI)

 

 


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