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Academic Information:

What is Political Science?

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.

We live in a time of incredibly rapid change and upheaval, presenting us with enormous challenges and opportunities to understand the political processes and structures that determine how we deal with such important issues as national security, rising inequality, civil liberties, the environment, and the economy. Our goal in the Political Science Department is to help our students gain an understanding of politics, power and social justice so that they can become critical thinkers and politically engaged citizens. We accomplish this in part, by offering a diverse curriculum where students acquire the writing, research and analytical skills necessary to navigate our increasingly complex world.

Career Information

Possible/Typical Job Titles

Typical Places of Employment

  • 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

  • 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

(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

Professional Associations:

American Political Science Association

American Association of Political Consultants

The National Association of State Lobbyists

The Public Affairs Council

Other Career-Related Links:

Resources for Careers in Intelligence

Resources for Legal Careers 

Resources for Public Policy Careers  

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