Department of Political Science

Careers & Career Opportunities

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Career Opportunities
A student who majors in political science acquires skills in writing, communications, and analysis that are critical to a liberal arts education. A liberal arts education prepares the student to think independently, with tolerance for others and concern for current affairs. Today, a student can reasonably expect to change jobs and even to have more than one career. An undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences is excellent preparation for employment flexibility.

In addition, Political Science teaches about rules, regulations, laws, the policy process, and interactions among individuals and groups with competing interests.

The most obvious career paths for someone with a political science degree are in law and government. There are many options in state, local and federal government. See, for example, www.Fedjobs.gov for education and experience requirements for a wide variety of jobs, ranging from intelligence analysis to social security claims representatives.

At the same time, Political Science helps with many private sector careers, because government impinges on so many activities. Whatever we do is affected by government regulations, so having a sense of how it works is helpful. It is essential for journalists and others in communications.

The successful political science major will be qualified for many different careers in private and public sector organizations:

  • Business
  • Finance
  • Law
  • State, local, and federal government
  • Journalism
  • International organizations
  • Political campaigns
  • Interest groups and associations
  • Pre-college and some college teaching

Some Examples of Actual Career Choices of Recent ECU Political Science Graduates:

  • Assistant District Attorney, Wayne County, NC
  • Associate Editor for National Security Studies Quarterly, Washington, DC
  • Associate Internet Business Advisor, Morrisville, NC
  • Actor, Seattle, WA
  • Campaign Manager for Congressman Walter Jones, Greenville, NC
  • Captain in the Army
  • CEO of the Goldsboro Family YMCA, Goldsboro, NC
  • Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser, Raleigh, NC
  • Customer Care Associate, Greenville, NC
  • Faculty Member at University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • First Lieutenant/Intelligence Section, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Human Resource Coordinator for WNCT-TV, Greenville, NC
  • Industrial Distributor/Sales, Rocky Mount, NC
  • Insurance Adjustors, Richmond VA, Wilmington, NC
  • International Representative for UNITE, Roanoke Rapids, NC
  • Leadership Consultant, Danbury, CT
  • Manager of Blazer Financial Services, Birmingham, AL
  • Manager of Community Health Programs of Pitt County Hospitals, Greenville, NC
  • Miss North Carolina, 2003
  • Police Officer, Raleigh, NC
  • Policy Analyst/Lobbyist for Patton Bogg, LLP, Denver, CO
  • Private Attorney, Kannapolice, NC
  • Project Manager - Site Acquisition, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Program Analyst for the Pacific Region Quality of Life Programs, Haleiwa, HI
  • Sheriff's Deputy, Hyde County
  • Special Assistant to the Chair of the Foreign Claims Settlement Committee, Washington, DC
  • Zoning Administration/Building Inspector, Mount Olive, NC


Dept. of Political Science, Brewster A-124, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858-4353
Phone (252) 328-6189
Fax (252) 328-4134