What can I do with a major in Political Science?
UGA Specific Information for Political Science
Political Science studies governments around the world by concentrating on how a government’s structure and function affect social order. Students who major in political science gain a solid awareness in the diversity of government around the globe and the various political theories, parties, and interest groups that correspond with these systems. In addition, students develop an understanding of international relations, public laws, public administration, personal rights and freedoms, justice, and political authority. Like all good liberal arts majors, political science helps students develop their analytical and problem-solving abilities, as well as improve their written and oral communication skills. It provides excellent preparation for graduate education in law and public administration, as well as doctoral programs in political science. Political Science is also a good foundation for careers in public service, campaign work, and various management positions in the private sector.
Employers Hiring UGA Political Science for the Class of 2015*
AIESEC | Ally Financial | Amica Mutual | Asilink Accounting & Tax Services Inc | AT&T | Atlanta Journal -Constitution | Breault Law Firm | British Consulate General Atlanta | CEB Inc. | Center for American Progress | Charles Koch Institute | CityDance Ensemble | Club Properties | CNN | Coweta County School District | Creative Consultants | CSX Transportion | Cvent | Deloitte | Education First | English Opens Doors | Ernst & Young | European Parliament Liaison Office | ExpressJet Airlines | Extra Special People | Federal Reserve Bank | Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough | Georgia Department of Economic Development | Georgia General Assembly | Georgia Lieutenant Governor's Office | Georgia National Guard | Interventional Pain Center | Katz Stepp Wright & Fleming, LLC | King & Spalding | Kone | Lakeshore | Mary A Miller and Associates | McKenna Long & Aldridge | Medical Scribe Alliance | Meltwater Group | Noble Systems | Oblon Spivak | Office of Congressman Hank Johnson | Office of the Governor Nathan Deal | Oklahoma City School District | Paige Ewing Photography | Peace Corps | PointClear | Post Properties | Project Safe | Raleigh Business Solutions, Inc | Rogers & Hardin LLP | RT USA | Ruffalo Noel Levitz | ShowNets LLC | Siemens Healthcare | Southern Company | Southern Environmental Law Center | Stanley, Esrey & Buckley LLP | StyleBlueprint | Swint's Feed & Garden Supply | Teach for America | The Boston Consulting Group | The Georgia Club | The Red & Black Publishing Co. | The Scion Group | The University of Georgia | The Washington Free Beacon | U.S. Chamber of Commerce Department of National Security and Emergency Preparedness | U.S. Congressman Earl L. 'Buddy' Carter | U.S. Senate | Universal Truckload Services | Varrow | Vernis & Bowling | We Are Impact | Wordplay
Job Titles of UGA Political Science Majors for the Class of 2015*
Account Executive | Account Management Associate, CEB Legal Leadership Council | Account Manager | Accounting Assistant | Administrative Assistant | Administrative Assistant to the Senior Vice President | Administrative Legal Assistant | Admissions Officer | Advisory Consultant | Assistant | Associate | Associate Producer | Business Account Consultant | Business Analyst | Business Development Associate | Campaign Organizer | Caseworker | Children's Advocate | Client Success Representative and Contributing Writer | Communications Fellow | Counselor | Credit Associate | Director of External Revenue | English Teacher | Executive Assistant | Executive Vice President | Front Desk Administrator | Georgia Lt. Governor's Assistant | Help Desk Specialist | Inside Sales Representative | International Trade Analyst | Junior Recruiter | Lacrosse Coach | Lead Manager | Leasing Consultant | Legal Assistant | Liaison to US Congress | Lobbyist | Marketing Manager | Media Analyst | Multimedia Sports Reporter and Editor | Office of the SBDC Program Coordinator | OFR Specialist | Paralegal | Politics, Press, and Public Affairs Representative | Program Center Manager | Project Manager | Public Policy Analyst | Recruitment Experience Associate | Research Analyst | Research Assistant | Sales and Marketing Administrator | Sales Associate | Sales Representative | Secretary | Senate Liaison | Senior Corporate Communications Specialist | Senior Staff Assistant | Social Media | Social Media Editor | Soldier | Staff Assistant | Teacher | Team Lead | Territory Manager
Graduate/Professional Schools Attended by UGA Political Science Majors for the Class of 2015*
American University | Baylor University | Central Piedmont Community College | Charleston School of Law | Emory University | Georgetown University | Georgia State University | John Marshall Law School | Mercer University | Michigan State University | North Carolina Central University | Samford University | The Catholic University of America | The University of Chicago | The University of Denver | The University of Iowa | The University of South Carolina | Tulane University | University of Maryland | Valdosta State University | Vanderbilt University
UGA Political Science Career Outcomes for the Class of 2015*
** Includes Self-Employed
- SPIA Advising News
- Washington Semester Program
- College Republicans
- Young Democrats
- Pi Sigma Alpha
- The Roosevelt Institute
- UGA Student Government Association
- University Judiciary
- UGA Pre-Law Advising Program
To find additonal clubs and organizations, visit the Center for Student Organizations.
And connect with your Career Consultant!
Additional UGA Career Center Recommendations/Considerations
The study of government allows for the development of a core set of skills sought after by employers in a wide range of occupational settings. A sample of representative skills and abilities follows.
- Synthesizing themes from diverse source
- Ability to interpret social and political data
- Integrating of theory and practice
- Public speaking
- Presenting written information clearly and concisely
- Ability to express multiple viewpoints
- Research design, implementation and evaluation
- Examination of theory
- Ability to utilize various online research resources
SAMPLE INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
- Communications/Media (e.g., Public Strategies Inc.)
- Congressional Offices (e.g., Local and national offices of U.S. Senators or Congressmen/women)
- Education (Curatorial, Research, Historical, Public Affairs, Naval Historical Center)
- Government Consulting Firm (e.g., KPMG, Deloitte and Touche)
- Nonprofit/NGO (e.g., Pathways for Mutual Respect, Oregon Bus Project, Partners for Livable Communities)
- Lobbying Firms (e.g., Downey McGrath Group, Inc., Carmen Group, Cassidy and Associates)
- State/Local Government (e.g., State congressmen or senators/ local councilmen)
- Political Action Committee (e.g., American Israel Public Affairs Committee)
- Think Tanks (e.g., American Enterprise Institute, Center for Strategic and International Studies)
- An undergraduate degree in political science is good preparation for graduate or professional study in areas such as political science, public administration, foreign policy, law, business, and more. Carefully research programs in order to choose specializations or concentrations of interest.
- Maintain a high grade point average to ensure admission into a graduate or law program and/or a position within the government.
- Expect keen competition for federal positions. Prepare yourself with a strong academic background and good experience. Many government jobs have strict guidelines and want to carefully match candidates’ knowledge, skills, and abilities to the job description. Research this first and seek the classes and experiences that will best prepare you.
- Explore application to Administrative Careers with America (ACWA) and the Outstanding Scholar Program for federal positions.
- Develop strong leadership skills; run for office in clubs and organizations in school or community. Volunteer to organize or lead an event or project.
- Join related social and/or professional organizations.
- Build a strong personal network through informal contacts.
- Consider military experience and training as an entryway into government jobs and public service. The Peace Corps is also a good way to enter a career in government.
- Join LinkedIn groups that are related to your career interest. To search, select “groups” under the “interests” tab. Also, review the groups that professionals in your field of interest have joined and consider joining them as well.
Interested in graduate school? Find current information on getting into graduate school at UGA’s Career Center webpage.
Supplemental Career Research Dashboard
Additional Career Research Resources
- Careers in Political Science - American Political Science Assocation (APSA)
- My Next Move
- Occupational Outlook Handbook
- Career Insider: Vault Guides (under the Resources tab, select Online Resources)
- Candid Career - View professionals speaking about their careers (under the Resources tab, select Online Resources)
- Go Government
- Federal Jobs Digest
- Partnership for Public Service
- Team Georgia - Careers with the State of Georgia
- Georgia Governor's Intern Program
- Georgia Local Government Access
- Georgia Legislative Internship Program
- Senator Isakson Public Policy Fellowship
- Vinson Institute Fellows Program
- American Political Science Association
- International Association for Political Science Students
- American Association of Political Consultants
- Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
- Association of Government Relations Professionals
- Association County Commissioners of Georgia
- Georgia Municipal Association
- National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
- American Federation of Government Employees