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Careers for Political Science Majors

What is a political science major?

Political science is the study of government and related power systems. It focuses on government structure, function and impact and cultivates a deep understanding of political parties, interest groups, international relationships, public law, public administration, liberty, freedom, justice and power. It also traces the history and evolution of citizen rights and privileges.

Visit the University of Denver's political science department.

Common careers for political science majors

The strong conflict negotiation, critical thinking and leadership skills of political science majors often lead to careers with the federal government, foreign service, state and local governments and nonprofit organizations.

Visit our law and government pages for online resources about these career fields.

Common job titles held by political science majors include:

  • activist or advocate
  • archivist, online political data
  • budget examiner or analyst
  • attorney
  • banking analyst or executive
  • campaign operative
  • career counselor
  • CIA analyst or agent
  • city planner
  • congressional office or committee member
  • coordinator of federal or state aid
  • communications director
  • corporate analyst
  • corporate public affairs adviser
  • corporate economist
  • corporate manager
  • corporate information analyst
  • corporate executive
  • development coordinator
  • editor, political journal
  • entrepreneur
  • federal government analyst
  • financial consultant
  • foreign service officer
  • freelance writer
  • grant manager
  • teacher or professor
  • immigration officer
  • intelligence officer
  • international agency officer
  • international research specialist
  • issues analyst
  • journalist
  • juvenile justice specialist
  • labor relations specialist
  • legal research coordinator
  • legislative analyst, assistant or coordinator
  • lobbyist
  • management analyst
  • mediator
  • paralegal
  • plans and review officer, USIA
  • policy analyst
  • political commentator
  • pollster
  • public affairs research analyst
  • public opinion analyst
  • publisher
  • research analyst
  • speech writer
  • state legislator
  • survey analyst
  • systems analyst
  • urban policy planner

Professional skills of political science majors

In addition to the careers listed above, political science majors are well-suited to fields that require the following skills:
  • critical thinking
  • communication
  • social, economic and political data interpretation
  • problem solving
  • information organization
  • leadership
  • research knowledge
  • conflict negotiation
  • argument construction
  • decision-making
  • public speaking
  • understanding of community needs and impacts

Is a political science major right for you?

Still unsure if you should major in political science? Schedule a session with a career counselor, attend our "Choosing a Major" workshop, and attend career events where you can network with employers that hire political science majors and alumni who majored in political science. Also, schedule a session with the department chair, where you can explore other possible career paths.