What You Can Do With This Degree

Your Political Science Degree

Career Planning

Political science graduates have a strong skill set that includes research, writing, critical thinking, data analysis, and communication that are desired in many occupations. One of the key disciplines gained in a political science degree is the critical thinking skill set. The ability to understand the components and complexity of social problems is highly sought by employers. Here are common careers political science majors pursue:

  • Activist
  • Attorney
  • Equal Opportunity Specialist
  • Field Service Representative
  • Government Advocacy
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • International Relations
  • Journalist
  • Law Clerk
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Legislative staff
  • Lobbyist
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Non-profit Coordinator
  • Policy Analysis
  • Political Campaign Staff
  • Political Consultant
  • Political Scientist
  • Press Secretary
  • Professor
  • Public Policy Analyst & Researcher
  • Public Relations Specialists
  • Social Media Manager
  • Service in the Federal Government
  • Service in State or Local Government

The UIS Career Development Center

The UIS Career Development Center offers useful information on employment trends and types of occupations. During the year, career services sponsors workshops on career exploration, identification of skills and values, and techniques for effective self-marketing. Individual career counseling and occupational testing are also available. Placement services include posted job listings, on-campus interviews with employers, resume building, resume & cover letter critiques, and job leads for networking. The office also has information about professional and graduate schools.

Graduate and Professional School Information

While there are a plethora career paths that demand graduates with Political Science Bachelor’s Degrees, some career paths do require further education, such obtaining a M.A., Ph.D., or a J.D.

If you are considering graduate work in political science or going to law school, please take the time to talk with your faculty advisor and instructors. If you are considering graduate study at UIS, you will also want to consider some of the excellent graduate assistantship and internship programs UIS offers (many offer tuition assist and provide excellent real-world experience).

If you think you’re going to be attending law school, be sure to visit the UIS Pre-Law Center. The UIS Pre-Law Center provides UIS students with general educational program recommendations and individual counseling to make sure that they take the appropriate kinds of preparatory courses and get the necessary academic background for success in law school.