Students have a variety of paths they may choose to follow upon completion of a bachelor’s degree in political science. Students develop a multitude of skills that are beneficial in a variety of fields: written and oral communication, research, and critical and analytical thinking.

Although there are a variety of options you could decide to pursue in graduate school or government service, a political science degree is also the perfect foundation for someone who plans to enter the workforce after graduation.

Possible areas of employment include:
  • Business
  • Community Relations
  • Corporate Law
  • Foreign Services
  • Government service
  • International Affairs
  • Journalism
  • Labor relations
  • Law
  • Political advising/consulting
  • Political campaigning
  • Public service
  • Research analysis with a “think tank” or research institution
  • Teaching, at high school or collegiate level

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One of the best ways to find a job in government is by volunteering on a political campaign or obtaining an internship that may lead to a paid position. Carthage faculty and The Aspire Center assist students in finding internships.

Further Education

For jobs that require additional education, that education may be provided by an employer. For example, for individuals interested in teaching at the pre-collegiate level, there are several options for obtaining certification, depending on demand in various areas. Similarly, many companies have programs that assist individuals in completing the required business courses, as compared to completing a degree through a business school. Students interested in one of these fields can receive direction from an advisor in the Political Science Department.

Graduate School

For those students who plan to continue their education, the political science degree provides a basis for a number of options. Students interested in specialized fields may choose to continue toward a master’s degree in that field. Other students choose to attend law school. Students who want to teach at the college level work toward a Ph.D. in political science. In addition, there are jobs in research analysis with “think tanks” and research institutions, as well as positions with the government.

Clearly, a political science degree offers a significant amount of flexibility for students who care about social issues and politics as a whole.

Political science alumni have gone to graduate or law school at these institutions:
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • John Marshall School of Law
  • Marquette University
  • Michigan State University
  • Northeastern University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Northwestern University
  • Notre Dame
  • Princeton University
  • Syracuse University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Texas
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
  • Valparaiso University
  • Western Illinois University