Political Science

Political Science is the area of study focused on the analysis of systems of government across a wide variety of areas and fields.

Political science covers a wide range of topics including American politics, comparative politics, international relations, public policy, political theory, public administration and public law. With a degree in this field, you will be prepared for direct entry into a wide range of careers because of the skills students develop in political science courses. Chief among them are critical thinking, data analysis, as well as oral and written communication. These skills are transferrable and demanded by nearly all career choices. Because of the skill set that students develop, a degree like political science opens many more doors than it closes. With the educational experiences offered inside and outside of the classroom in political science, students are prepared for careers centered on politics, but those beyond as well. Students in Political Science can enter the workforce directly, or go on to graduate programs in law, political science, applied politics, and other areas.

Students interested in attending law school can also take advantage of the Oakland University - Wayne State University Law School 3+3 program which allows students to earn an undergraduate degree (Political Science, B.A.) and a law degree (J.D.) in a minimum of six years.

This tool should only be used as a guide — remember to meet with your academic adviser, Career Services and/or faculty to determine appropriate career options.

  • My future career:

    Lawyer

  • My future career:

    Political Scientist

  • My future career:

    Probation Officer

  • My future career:

    Public Relations Specialist

  • Career Possibilities

    • Consultant to federal, state, local government agencies
    • Federal, state court staffer
    • Interest group staffer
    • Lawyer
    • Legislative aide (U.S. Congress, State legislature)
    • Lobbyist
    • Local government agency staffer
    • Public policy analyst
    • Political consultant (pollster, media consultant, new media specialist, fundraiser)
    • Political party staffer
    • Political reporter, journalist
    • Research specialist for federal, state, local government agencies
    • Staffer, director at a non-profit organization
    • State government agency staffer

    Career Resources

    To get a better understanding of the opportunities, career options, and doors that are opened with a degree in political science you can explore resources like:

    American Political Science Association (APSA)

    Examples of careers and fields common in political science that can help identify strategies to market yourself for your ideal job