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Page Index: Political Science

Academic Information: -  top

What is Political Science?  top

Politics is principally about human beings coming together to collectively advance their common interest. In its best form, it is democracy whereby citizens have relatively equal influence over the decisions that affect the whole community, including themselves. In essence, politics is about human freedom. The political science department is committed to these core values in its teaching and in its curriculum.

Career Information  -  top

Possible/Typical Job Titles -  top


  • Staff assistant
  • Legislative aide
  • International lawyer*
  • Paralegal
  • Legal investigator*
  • City manager*
  • Corrections officer
  • Urban policy planner*
  • Public opinion analyst
  • Public health administrator*
  • Lawyer*

Public Interest/Social Change

  • Environmental lawyer*
  • Canvass director
  • Strategist
  • Co-op manager
  • Publications director
  • Issues director
  • Direct mail specialist
  • Development director
  • Lobbyist
  • Event coordinator/activity planner
  • Peace Corps volunteer coordinator
  • Association executive

State & Local Government

-County Treasurer
-County Council Member
-Chief of Staff
-Deputy Secretary
-Assistant Chief of Police
-Program Director
-Legislative Coordinator, Mayor's Office
-State Personnel Officer
-Juvenile Justice Specialist
-State Chief Purchasing Officer
-City Planner
-Labor Relations Specialist
-City Project Coordinator
-Senior Criminologist
-Assistant Budget Examiner
-City Housing Administrator
-City's Coordinator of…
-Supervisor, State Department of…

Nonprofit Organizations

-Director, Nonprofit Agency
-Field Officer, Human Rights Campaign
-Public Relations Specialist
-Director, Fund Raising
-Research Analyst
-Political Director
-Budget Analyst
-Program Manager


-Deputy Secretary to the Governor
-Research Consultant
-Assistant Chief of Police
-Public Interest/Consumer Advocate
-Broadcast/Newspaper Reporter
-Public Policy Analyst
-State Legislator
-CIA Inspector
-Juvenile Justice Specialist
-Labor Relations Specialist
-Assistant Budget Examiner
-Labor Union Official
-Corporate Legal Counsel
-Law Professor


  • Teacher, secondary
  • Professor*
  • News public opinion analyst
  • Press agent
  • Editorial assistant
  • Editor
  • Public affairs reporter
  • Educational administrator*


  • Advertising account manager
  • Regulatory analyst
  • Sales promotion manager
  • Public affairs officer
  • Systems analyst*
  • Multinational marketing research analyst*
  • Customer service representative
  • Industry lobbyist
  • Business/bank administrator*
  • Executive search consultant
  • Financial planner
  • Human resources manager
  • Consumer goods/services salesperson

Federal Government

-Civilian Consultant to…
-Assistant Secretary of State for…
-Deputy Undersecretary of…
-Officer, FBI
-Secretary, Department of…
-Teacher, Overseas School for…
-Program Analyst
-Management Auditor
-Tax Inspector
-Foreign Service Officer/Specialist
-Budget Analyst
-Public Affairs Specialist
-Intelligence Specialist, CIA
-Staff Aid, Congressional Committee
-Information Technology Manager

Campaigns and Polling

-Campaign Manager/Consultant
-Political Director
-Survey Researcher
-Political Reporter
-Director, Political Action Committee
-Press Officer for Candidate
-Issue Analyst
-Political Consultant


Producer, Local Television News
Director of Corporate Public Affairs
Information Manager
Television Reporter
Press Officer
Public Affairs Research Analyst
Director of Surveys, Television Network


-Government/Politics Teacher
-Curriculum Developer/Supervisor
-Education Reporter
-College Professor
-Student Affairs Administrator


-Peace Corp Volunteer
-International Banker
-Analyst, CIA
-International Research Specialist
-Foreign Service Officer
-Press Officer
-Strategic Planning Specialist
-Director of International Marketing
-Policy Analyst
-Field staff
-Agent, International Bureau, FBI
-Consultant to Multinational Corporations
-International Correspondent

*Denotes need for additional education.

Typical Places of Employment -  top

  • Colleges & Universities
  • Consulting firms
  • Court System
  • Embassies
  • Law firms
  • Media
  • Political parties
  • Non-Profits
  • Political interest groups
  • Research organizations
  • Self-employed
  • Corporations
  • Labor unions
  • Military
  • Polling organizations
  • Government/Fed agencies

Required Skills and Abilities  -  top

  • Assist in preparation of newly proposed laws and perform library research
  • Conduct political surveys
  • Conducting research
  • Consult with political parties to recommend strategies in choosing effective leaders and campaigning
  • Designing political opinion surveys
  • Keeping up with developments in the field
  • Performing academic duties
  • Understanding of community needs
  • Analytical thinking
  • Computer literate
  • Research skills
  • Team worker
  • Leadership abilities
  • Work well under pressure
  • Persuade politicians to pass legislation that benefit the organization or group that is represented
  • Prepare reports summarizing public opinions
  • Provide information to the public regarding the congress member's position on proposed laws
  • Providing political analysis and advice
  • Write drafts for new laws, and discuss the laws with lobbyists, reporters and voters
  • Writing articles, books, reports, papers, other material
  • Oral & written communication
  • Interact with diverse populations
  • Decision-making
  • Able to develop & market ideas
  • Problem-solving

Alumni Resources  -  top

(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major-For more alumni resources, go to Mentor Network)





Kimberly Burgess 2001 Associate Abramoff, Neuberger and Linder, LLP
Matthew Funk 2007 Community Director UDR Inc.
Suzanne DiGiulio 2004 Supervisor Sparks Staffing
Matthew Nuzzi 2004 Technical Examiner Instructor US House of Representatives
Jeannie (Barbara) Haddaway 1999 Development Associate National Audubon Society
Nancy Henrietta 1992 Project Manager Commission on Presidential Debates
Gary McGill 2004 Director of New Business Development The One-Shot Corporation Limited

Related Links: Further Explore this Career Field - top

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Other Career-Relevant Links:

Resources for Pursuing Political Science as a Career
Resources for Careers in Intelligence
Resources for Legal Careers
Resources for Public Policy Careers
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