Majoring in Political Science
A Political Science major generally transfers to a four-year institution
to complete a B.A. degree. Political Science graduates with B.A. degrees
are qualified for a variety of positions in government and non-governmental
institutions. A few examples:
- Lawyer/Paralegal: A degree in Political Science
will give you the edge in both getting into and succeeding in law
school or paralegal programs.
- Teaching: If you are interested in teaching social
studies in elementary, middle, or high school, Political Science
is a rewarding and challenging career. Graduate degrees are necessary
for college teaching.
- Journalism: A Political Science major gives
you substantial expertise, analytical and communications training
whether you go into broadcast or print journalism.
- Business: Whether you go directly into business
or on for your MBA, an undergraduate degree in Political Science
is an excellent foundation.
- Government: Public service is an attractive choice
for many undergraduates – both elected positions as well as
civil service. Almost 3 million Americans work for the federal government
(including careers as a diplomat in Foreign Service), and in California
250,000 work for our state government.
- Many undergraduates have successful careers working for any of
the hundreds of Interest Groups that exist; others further their
beliefs by working for a Political Party; while others may find
challenging careers in an Inter-Governmental Organization (IGO),
or prehaps a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO).
- Or you may choose to go on for your MPA (Masters in Public Administration)
and find yourself managing one of California's growing cities!