Six Career Opportunities for Political Science Graduates

Posted: June 23, 2020 | Author: Kierstin Pitcher-Holloway | Read Time: 2 minutes

What can I do with a degree in Political Science?Choosing a major can be difficult, especially when you aren’t familiar with the options. For example, not many people understand what a political science degree is, or what kind of careers it can prepare you for. Political science majors study different forms of government and how laws are made, they learn about international relations, national security, and how to analyze different social or political arguments and gain the skills necessary for a myriad of different career paths.

Here are six career opportunities available to graduates with a degree in political science:


Arbitrators act as a judge outside the courtroom and they encourage communication between the disputing parties and carefully consider all the evidence. They try to reach a settlement before a case goes to court, drafting a settlement agreement when this happens. If a settlement is not reached the arbitrator will make a report of their findings for the court.

Political Consultant

Political consultants assist and advise during political campaigns by creating campaign strategies and arranging publicity events. Political consultants are not only used for promoting candidates but political causes as well.


Graduates with a degree in political science can go on to law school and become licensed attorneys. Attorneys represent clients in court for both criminal and civil cases. This can include giving advice, preparing legal documents and making court appearances.

Intelligence Analyst

Intelligence analysts work for clandestine agencies like the National Security Agency or the Federal Bureau of Investigation, using their understanding of political groups to analyze threats from different parts of the world. Intelligence analysts also write reports and present their findings to executive leaders.

Public Relations Specialist

Public relations is about creating connections between an organization and its target publics. As a public relations specialist, graduates with a degree in political science use their skills to create press releases, organize press conferences and host promotional events.

Legislative Assistant

Legislative assistants work for elected government officials like senators. They assist them by surveying positions of other legislators, preparing briefings, researching policy issues and tracking legislation.

At Southern Utah University, the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice strives to offer a diverse and practical curriculum to prepare students for rewarding careers in their chosen field. Program graduates have been admitted to some of the finest law schools in the country, are employed in government positions, and are engaged in running political campaigns.

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