Why Study Political Science? The Discipline of Political Science & Career Oppurtunities
About Political Science
Amid this diversity lies a common concern with anything "political" - issues, institutions, behavior, power, and public goods. The different pursuits and the varied methodologies of all political scientists are directed in one way or another toward promoting the goal of understanding politics.
Political science is the only major where you can obtain practical knowledge and at the same time gain insights into the great issues of our age. What, for example, are the causes and institutional forces behind a conflict between the President and leaders of congress? If nations are threatening armed confrontation, what lies behind the conflict? What is the individual's place in the political system?
With a degree in political science you will be able to answer these and many other politically oriented questions. The knowledge and critical skills gained from the study of politics will enable you to be a more rational citizen, a more constructive participant in public affairs, and a better professional.
Political science is actually one of the more popular majors for university students, as can be seen in the chart below:
What About Career Opportunities & Earning Potential?
The most obvious career paths for someone with a political science degree are in law, government, political consultancy, and lobbying. In addition, political science helps with many private sector careers, because government affects so many activities, and the analytical and communication skills acquired with a political science degree are highly valued by virtually all employers. A degree in political science is also essential for journalists and others in communication.
Below are data showing the wide variety of career tracks that political science majors have taken over the years.
Finally, as a political science major you can expect a reasonably bright future with regard to earning potential. While not at the top of the list of highest earning majors, political science ranks above the median in this regard. See the chart below.
Need More Help Deciding?
In addition, the ECU Career Center provides help in career exploration, planning, and decision making for students and alumni. It has both online and one-on-one counseling and other services (help with resumes, cover letters, job searches, and applying to graduate school) to promote your success. For more information visit www.ecu.edu/career
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