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Political Science

Political Science is the study of government and focuses on its structure and function and the necessity for human social order. Longwood's Political Science major attempts to provide students with a better understanding of political parties, interest groups, international relations, public law, public administration, liberty, freedom, justice, and power. Political Science has several sub-fields of interest, including political theory, philosophy, comparative government, American government and politics, public administration, international relations and political behavior. Political Science majors tend to be concerned with local, national, and global political occurrences.

Winston Churchill- "I have always felt that a politician is to be judged by the animosities he excites among his opponents."

Career Fields associated with Political Science Majors:

  • Announcer
  • Geographer Parole/ Probation Officer
  • Anthropologist
  • Government Worker
  • Penologist
  • Campaign Worker
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Politician
  • Chamber of Commerce Manager
  • Judge
  • Political Consultant
  • City Manager
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Political Scientist
  • Diplomat
  • Lawyer
  • Public Recreation Director
  • Editor
  • Lobbyist
  • Public Health Official
  • Educator
  • Mayor
  • Research Assistant
  • FBI/CIA agent
  • Military Officer
  • School Administrator
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • News Reporter
  • Survey Worker
  • Technical Writer
  • Urban Planner

Related Skills:

  • Ability to conduct and explain scientific research clearly
  • Ability to communicate ideas to others
  • Intellectual capacity to perform well in most undergraduate and graduate curriculums
  • Ability to relate to people from varying backgrounds
  • Ability to speak articulately, read comprehensively, and write well
  • Personal charisma and appeal
  • Aptitude for leadership
  • Ability to organize and interpret social, economic, and political data
  • Understanding and sensitivity to community needs
  • Broad background of general knowledge
  • Ability to evaluate problems and make appropriate decisions

Personal attributes associated with Political Science:

  • Achievement
  • Desire for recognition and to influence others
  • Prestige
  • Poise
  • Tendency to be ambitious and outgoing
  • Desire to render public service
  • Willingness to take risks
  • Tact
  • Patience
  • Perseverance
  • Flexibility
  • Competitive Drive

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For more information on any of these career options, please visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook.