The American Political Science Association (http://www.apsa.org/) reports that a B.A. in Political Science:
• Can lead to careers in business, public administration, international affairs, and non-governmental organizations.
• Is valuable in preparation for careers in journalism, politics, and public relations.
• Can help students prepare for professions such as law, education, and public administration.
What can you do with training in Political Science?
Many jobs draw on the skills sharpened with the study of Political Science. Political scientists enter the corporate, non-profit, and government worlds as:
• Directors of research
• Policy analysts
• Foreign service officers
• Campaign staffers
• Intelligence officers
• City managers
Practicing political scientists may be survey researchers, urban planners, community developers, FBI agents, and much more.
How do you qualify?
• You can qualify for many of these jobs immediately with a B.A. in Political Science
• Others require Master's degrees, such as our MA in Social and Public Policy
• Learn more about careers through internet resources
Duquesne Political Science Graduates
Our graduates are employed in many professions. In addition to law, we have graduates who work for the government, in places like the Departments of Homeland Security, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the military. One graduate is a city solicitor; another is a deputy city controller; another is an urban planner. Some work in banking. A number are managers, including a health plan manager and a manager of legal projects for the Department of Defense. Other job titles held by our graduates include equal opportunity specialist, grants associate, director of admissions, legal analyst, personnel director, and researcher for UPMC.
Others work for nonprofits or non-governmental organizations.
Some are teachers at the secondary and college levels.
Plan for Your Future
We encourage you to establish a file in the Career Services Center (http://www.duq.edu/career-services/) soon in your academic career, but no later than the first semester of your senior year. This file would include letters of recommendation that the Center will then forward to prospective employers or graduate schools. Visit the Career Services page for Political Science.
Internships and volunteer experiences can also lead to full time jobs.
American Political Science Association http://www.apsa.org/
U.S. Office of Personnel Management www.usajobs.open.gov
Student Jobs with the Federal Government www.studentjobs.gov
Partnerships for Public Service www.ourpublicservice.org
International City/County Management Association jobs.icma.org
Careers in Public Service www.publicservicecareers.org
Nonprofit Career Network www.nonprofitcareer.com
Nonprofit Jobs www.nonprofitjobs.org