Students of this academic discipline will understand how political systems were forged and operate through the analysis of government structures, political theory and public policy throughout the world. American politics, international relations, political theory and policy, and comparative politics are the main subdivisions of political science.

 

 

 

 

 

Related Major Skills

 

Oral and written communication Understanding of community needs Interact with diverse populations
Analytical thinking Decision-making Computer literate
Able to develop and market ideas Research skills Problem-solving
Team worker Work well under pressure Leadership abilities

 

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Sample Career Titles

 

Federal Government

 

Officer, FBI Program Analyst Management Auditor
Tax Inspector Researcher Foreign Service Officer/Specialist
Ambassador Archivist Budget Analyst
Historian GAO Evaluator Public Affairs Specialist
Intelligence Specialist, CIA Staff Aid, Congressional Committee Information Technology Manager
Compliance Officer Compliance Analyst Ethics Officer
Chief Security Officer Internal Security Manager Asset Manager
Investment Officer Political Scientist Government Affairs Specialist
Government Affairs Researcher Political Consultant Strategist
Political Advisor Quality Assurance Director Regulatory Affairs Manager

 

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Law

 

Paralegal Deputy Secretary to the Governor Research Consultant
Assistant Chief of Police Public Interest/Consumer Advocate Broadcast/Newspaper Reporter
Public Policy Analyst State Legislator/Mediator Judge
CIA Inspector Criminologist Commissioner
Juvenile Justice Specialist Lobbyist Labor Relations Specialist
Assistant Budget Examiner Politician Labor Union Official
Attorney Corporate Legal Counsel Law Professor

 

State and Local Government

 

County Treasurer Advisor County Council Member
Chief of Staff Deputy Secretary Assistant Chief of Police
Program Director Legislative Coordinator, Mayor's Office State Personnel Officer
Juvenile Justice Specialist State Chief Purchasing Officer City Planner
Labor Relations Specialist City Project Coordinator Senior Criminologist
Assistant Budget Examiner City Housing Administrator

 

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Journalism

 

Writer/Editor Producer, Local Television News Director of Corporate Public Affairs
Information Manager Television Reporter Press Officer
Public Affairs Research Analyst Director of Surveys, Television Network

 

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Education

 

Government/Politics Teacher Curriculum Developer/Supervisor Researcher
Education Reporter College Professor Student Affairs Administrator

 

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International

 

Peace Corp Volunteer International Banker International Research Specialist
Foreign Service Officer Press Officer Strategic Planning Specialist
Translator Instructor Director of International Marketing
Policy Analyst Lobbyist Consultant to Multinational Corporations
International Correspondent

 

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Sample Work Settings

 

CIA or FBI Colleges and Universities Consumer Affairs Office
Court System Defense Department Environmental Protection Agency
Executive Office of the President Public Relations Firms Labor Unions
Law Firms Market-Research Departments Non-Profit Public Service Agencies
Peace Corps or Foreign Service Political Action Committees Political Candidates
Public Interest Groups

 

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FAU Student Organizations

 

  • Be Aware
  • Share and Act for Peace
  • College Democrats
  • College Republicans
  • Debate Team
  • Global Health Interest Group
  • Mock Trial Club
  • Pre-Law Society
  • RCP Movement
  • The Undergraduate Law Journal of FAU

 

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Professional Associations

 

 

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Job and Internship Links

 

 Federal

 

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State and Local

 

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Non-Profit

 

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Campaign and Polling

 

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Media Job

 

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International

 

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Education

 

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Public Policy Websites

 

 

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Law Related Websites

 

 

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Where to Learn More

 

General Occupational Information

 

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Career Planning Websites

 

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Sample Library Resources

These Resources can be found at the CDC Career Resource Library and/or FAU's Wimberley Library.

  • Careers for Number Crunchers
  • Career Opportunities in Politics and Government
  • Careers for Good Samaritans
  • College Majors & Careers
  • Federal Career Opportunities
  • Federal Jobs in Law Enforcement
  • Government Career Opportunities
  • Great Jobs for Political Science Majors
  • Opportunities in Social Science Majors
  • The Civil Service Handbook
  • Political Scientists Occupational File

 

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Informational Sample Websites

 

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