Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Political Science is the academic study of politics, power, justice, and government. Political Scientists examine a variety of topics, including voting patterns in presidential campaigns, the fiscal affairs of the Eurozone nations, how parliaments work, and debates about current events. The scope of study ranges from local politics to state, national, and international politics. Political Science is thus a broad, timely, fascinating, and perpetually changing area of study.

The major offers courses in four subfields: American Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Political Theory. Political Science majors are able think critically and analytically, write and speak effectively, and participate in politics actively, skills that are valued in a wide spectrum of careers.

A bachelor's degree in political science can lead to exciting careers in federal, state and local governments; law; business; international organizations; nonprofit associations and organizations; campaign management and polling; journalism; electoral politics; graduate education; and research and university/college teaching.

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This degree is coordinated by Dr. Stylianos Hadjiyannis, Professor of Political Science and International Relations. For additional information please contact Dr. Hadjiyannis at (740) 351–3445 or shadjiyannis@shawnee.edu

 

Career Examples

Lawyer/Attorney

Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes.  Lawyers, also called attorneys, act as both advocates and advisors. 

As advocates, they represent one of the parties in criminal or civil trials by presenting evidence and arguing in support of their client.  As advisors, lawyers counsel their clients about their legal rights and obligations and suggest courses of action in business and personal matters. All attorneys research the intent of laws and judicial decisions and apply the laws to the specific circumstances that their clients face. 

In 2012, the median annual earnings for lawyers was $113,530.  For more information on the lawyers including how to become one, go to:  http://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/lawyers.htm#tab-5

Urban and Regional Planners

Urban and regional planners develop plans and programs for the use of land. Their plans help create communities, accommodate population growth, and revitalize physical facilities in towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas.

Urban and regional planners identify community needs and develop short- and long-term plans to create, grow, and revitalize communities and areas. For example, planners examine plans for proposed facilities, such as schools, to ensure that these facilities will meet the needs of a changing population.  As an area grows or changes otherwise, planners help communities manage the related economic, social, and environmental issues, such as planning a new park, sheltering the homeless, and making the region more attractive to businesses.

Some planners work on broad, community-wide plans; others focus on specific issues. Ultimately, planners advocate the best use of a community’s land and resources for residential, commercial, educational, and recreational purposes.

In 2012, the median annual earnings for urban and regional planners was $65,230.  For more information on urban and regional planners including how to become one, go to:  http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/urban-and-regional-planners.htm#tab-1

Additional Potential Job Titles

Archivist, Online Political Data
Budget Examiner or Analyst
Attorney
Banking Analyst or Executive
Campaign Operative
Career Counselor
CIA Analyst or Agent
City Planner
City Housing Administrator
Congressional Office/Committee Staffer
Coordinator of Federal or State Aid
Communications Director
Corporate Analyst
Corporate Public Affairs Advisor
Corporate Economist
Corporate Manager
Corporate Information Analyst
Corporate Adviser for Governmental Relations
Corporate Executive
Corporation Legislative Issues Manager
Editor, Online Political Journal
Entrepreneur
Federal Government Analyst
Financial Consultant
Foreign Service Officer
Foundation President
Free-lance writer
High School Government Teacher
Immigration Officer
Information Manager
Intelligence Officer
International Agency Officer
International Research Specialist
Issues Analyst, Corporate Social Policy Division
Journalist
Juvenile Justice Specialist
Labor Relations Specialist
Legislative Analyst / Coordinator
Lobbyist
Management Analyst
Mediator
Plans and Review Officer, USIA
Policy Analyst
Political Commentator
Pollster
Public Affairs Research Analyst
Public Opinion Analyst
Publisher
Research Analyst
State Legislator
Survey Analyst
Systems Analyst
Teacher
University Administrator
University Professor
Urban Policy Planner
Web Content Editor

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