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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science

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The political science major prepares students to be active, informed citizens in our increasingly complex and interdependent world. By studying American and international politics, comparative governments, law, and political theory, students are able to understand and evaluate various political systems and ideologies. Political science majors examine the foundations of local, state, national, and international politics while analyzing world events to explore the relationship between theory and practice. As they investigate the multiple forces - economic, geographic, cultural, philosophical, and historical - that affect the success of political systems, they develop tools for improving governance and diplomacy at home and abroad. Through opportunities on and off campus, they participate in political processes and promote awareness of some of the most pressing issues facing their country and the world.

Political science majors apply what they learn through countless opportunities, gaining practical knowledge while forging valuable relationships with professionals in the field. Depending on their interests, students may choose to intern in government offices, law firms, nongovernmental organizations, embassies, consulting and lobbying firms, or other politically relevant settings. Graduates emerge with a profound knowledge of politics and enhanced critical thinking, speaking, analytical, and writing skills that aid them in launching significant careers and ensure success in law schools, graduate programs, or any number of important fields in our evolving global society.

Possible careers include:

Activism and advocacy
Campaign management
Financial consulting
Foreign service
Immigration services
Labor relations
Political commentary
Public policy
Urban planning

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