Careers in Political Science

The political science program works to provide our majors the skills and resources necessary to prepare for graduate school, law school, or enter the workforce. Upon completing the political science degree at TAMUCC, our previous students have gone on to numerous prestigious programs and occupations.

Some examples include:

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Columbia University, MA in International Relations
University of Texas School of Law
Southern Methodist University School of Law
Texas Tech University School of Law
St. Mary’s University School of Law

The John Marshall Law School
Michigan State University, Ph.D. in Political Science
Harvard University, MA in Public Policy
St. Thomas School of Law

The American Political Science Association (APSA) website is an excellent site for information about the field.  Political science majors gain analytical skills, administrative competence and communication abilities that are valued in a wide spectrum of potential career areas. APSA notes that a bachelor's degree in political science can lead a student to numerous careers in both the public and private sector.  These can include government and the law, business, international organizations, as well as non-profit organizations.  The discipline, not surprisingly, offers students who have an interest in electoral politics several different careers options including working in the fields of campaign management and polling.  Political science also offers several different careers in education, including pre-collegiate education; university and college teaching, as well as the opportunity to do research related to politics.

For more on the career potential for those with degrees in political science, check out the career booklets and the pamphlets available from APSA.

Some Examples of Careers for Political Scientists:

The APSA website notes that the following list is just a small sample of careers for political scientists:

Activist, Advocate/Organizer
Administration, Corporate, Government, Non-Profit, etc. 
Archivist, Online Political Data
Budget Examiner or Analyst
Campaign Operative
Career Counselor
CIA Analyst or Agent
City Planner
City Housing Administrator
Congressional Office/Committee Staffer
Coordinator of Federal or State Aid
Corporate Public Affairs Advisor
Corporate Manager
Corporate Information Analyst
Corporate Adviser for Governmental Relations
Corporation Legislative Issues Manager
Customs Officer
Editor, Online Political Journal
Federal Government Analyst
Foreign Service Officer
High School Government Teacher

Immigration Officer
Information Manager
Intelligence Officer
International Agency Officer
International Research Specialist
Issues Analyst, Corporate Social Policy Div.
Legislative Analyst / Coordinator
Management Analyst
Plans and Review Officer, USIA
Policy Analyst
Political Commentator
Public Affairs Research Analyst
Public Opinion Analyst
Research Analyst
State Legislator
Survey Analyst
Systems Analyst
University Professor
Urban Policy Planner