What You Can Do With This Degree

A degree from the University of Illinois Springfield in political science, public policy or global studies offers students the opportunity to pursue a career in broad range of fields, including: politics and government (both in the US and internationally), law, public policy, advocacy, education, healthcare, non-profit management, social justice, and public relations.

Our degrees give our graduates a strong skill set that includes research, writing, critical thinking, and communication skills, along with the ability to collect and analyze data.   These skill sets along with the ability to understand and solve complex problems are highly desirable to employers in a number of fields. 

  • 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 helps students showcase their strengths and abilities and find success by providing career assessments, career counseling, resume building, and access to CareerConnect, a career management system where students can find internships and jobs.

The UIS Career Development Center 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, mock interviews, and job leads for networking.

Graduate and Professional School Information

If you are considering pursing a Ph.D. 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 are considering attending law school, the UIS Pre-Law Center can provide you 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.