Loyola University Maryland

The Career Center

Political Science

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Overview of Major
Potential Job Titles 
Examples of Internships
Possible Career Fields
Possible Work Settings
Important Skills and Abilities
Sample Web Resources
Sample Graduate Programs Pursued by Political Science Majors
Where They Got Hired: Political Science, Class of 2015   

Overview of Major

Political science is the systematic study of government and politics. It deals with the making and implementing of public policy by means of decisions regarded as authoritative or binding for society. Graduates can pursue careers with Congress, Congressional committees, the White House, lobbying or law firms, interest groups, judges, state legislators or more.

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Potential Job Titles

  • Counterterrorism Analyst
  • Paralegal
  • Community Service Learning Fellow
  • Social Studies Teacher
  • Arbitrator
  • Attorney
  • Congressional Aide
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • City Planning Aide
  • Appeals Examiner
  • Equal Opportunity Specialist
  • Historian
  • Labor Relations Advisor
  • Parole Officer
  • Urban and Regional Planner
  • Management Consultant
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Technological Espionage Intelligence Agent

Examples of Internships

  • ACLU
  • Alternative Directions
  • Attorney General of Maryland
  • Baltimore City Public Defender
  • Baltimore Council of Foreign Affairs
  • Baltimore Development Corp
  • CNN
  • City of Baltimore
  • U.S. Senate
  • U.S. Congress
  • HUD
  • Sallie Mae
  • Mayor’s Office
  • U.S. Attorney General of Maryland
  • Peace Corps
  • Department of Criminal Justice of NJ

Possible Career Fields

Government

  • Public policy
  • Research
  • Regional planning
  • Foreign service
  • City or town management
  • Intelligence community
  • Law enforcement
  • Legislative, executive, or judicial services

Law

Politics

  • Elected or appointed leadership
  • Campaign management
  • Staff administration
  • Special interest advocacy

Non-Profit

  • Administration
  • Management
  • Advertising
  • Fundraising

Business

  • Sales
  • Human resources
  • Management
  • Advertising
  • Public relations

Journalism

  • Editing
  • Reporting
  • Circulation
  • Sales

Broadcasting

  • News programming
  • Production

Education
 

Possible Work Settings

  • Government
  • Law firms
  • Corporations
  • Special interest groups
  • Non-profits
  • Campaigns
  • Political action committees
  • Newspapers
  • Financial companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Associations
  • Print & electronic media
  • TV & radio stations
  • Schools & colleges

Important Skills and Abilities

  • Computers
  • Statistics & data analysis
  • Foreign language
  • Research
  • Writing
  • Communication & interpersonal
  • Leadership
  • Reporting
  • Debating
  • Active listening
  • Negotiation
  • Service orientation

Sample Web Resources

Sample Graduate Programs Pursued by Political Science Majors

  • JD
  • Master of Public Policy
  • Master of Environmental Management
  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Arts in Public Administration

Where They Got Hired: Political Science, Class of 2015

The Career Center at Loyola University Maryland conducts an annual follow-up survey with new Loyola graduates between six and nine months after Commencement to paint a comprehensive picture of the professional paths each class has chosen. Nearly 86 percent of the class of 2015 responded to the survey.

Here's a snapshot of where our 2015 political science majors were hired or went on to graduate school:

Companies

Food & Water Watch - Program Associate
General Assembly - Communication Director
Georgetown University - Administrative Assistant
Howard County MD. - Government Analyst
Iona College - Office of Advancement and External Affairs Annual Giving Associate
Maryland Insurance Administration - Special Projects, Officer of the Insurance Commissioner
Notre Dame Mission Volunteers Americorps - AmeriCorps Volunteer
Oldfields School - Development
Rep. Keith Rothfus PA-12 - Staff Assistant
St. Gabriel's College - Teacher
Teach for America Corps - Teacher
Tricerat Inside - Sales Representative
U.S. House of Representatives - Staff Assistant

Graduate/Professional Schools

Katholieke University Leuven - M.S., European Policy & Politics
Northeastern University School of Law - J.D.
Seton Hall University, School of Law - J.D.
University of Baltimore - J.D.
University of Chicago - Degree Not Reported

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