The Political Science degree program at Southern Utah University is all about breaking stereotypes and exploding the myths surrounding this academic field. There’s a common misconception that the primary reason to pursue a Political Science degree is so that you can enter politics. Certainly, that is one viable option for the Political Science major, but it is by no means the only – or even the primary – possibility.
When you major in Political Science at Southern Utah University, you gain critical thinking, research, and communication skills that will serve you well in any government, nonprofit, or corporate position, or as a lawyer.
The SUU Political Science program looks closely at all three branches of government and teaches you how to grapple with regulations, understand bureaucracy, and succeed in heavily regulated environments. It is ideal preparation for law school or for entry into a Master of Public Administration program, but it also gives you skills to immediately enter the workplace after college serving in a wide variety of private sector and governmental settings.
As a Political Science major you will be a part of small classes taught by well-qualified professors who are lawyers, skilled international negotiators, and experienced nonprofit managers. Whatever career direction you plan to pursue with your Political Science degree, these professors will be valuable mentors and advisors to help you make the connections you need to take the next step toward your bright future.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, graduates holding a Political Science major can anticipate the following career future through 2022:
|Position||Anticipated growth in field||Median annual salary|
|Political Scientist (usually requires at least a master’s degree)||21 percent||$102,000|
|Community Service Manager||21 percent||$59,970|
|Lawyer (law school required)||10 percent||$113,530|
Contact the Political Science & Criminal Justice Department for more information.