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A Career Guide for the Political Science Major


The Political Science program is designed to prepare students for public and private-sector professional opportunities by enhancing their analytical, communication, quantitative, and leadership skills.

The program is especially suited for students desiring careers in law, public administration and policy analysis, civil service, non-profit organizations, and corporate government affairs.

The following Interests and Aptitudes/Qualities are associated with or needed for success in the study of this major.

Interests
  • Public policy, i.e. health care, environmental protection
  • Politics & public figures
  • Judicial issues/the legal system
  • Human & civil rights
  • Local, state, & federal governments
  • Relations among nations and comparative government/politics
Aptitudes
  • Reading critically
  • Thinking analytically
  • Conducting research
  • Statistical analysis
  • Critical thinking
  • Computer literacy
  • Good written & verbal communication skills
  • Strong leadership skills

CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS


The student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science needs to meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete all Baccalaureate Degree Requirements, including the Foreign Language requirement (See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog).
  2. Complete a minimum of 33 upper-division credit hours in political science with no grade less than C.
  3. Typically, students take 60 credit hours in their upper division program at FAU. No more than two 1000 level and three 2000 level courses may count in the last 60 credit hours for the B.A. degree.

Political Science majors must complete the following three courses:
Comparative Politics
Political Science Research Methods
Government of the US
CPO 3002
POS 3936
POS 1041
See catalog for additional requirements.


OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES


The following are examples of positions often held by Political Science graduates:

Public Administrator
Political Consultant
Campaign Aide/Organizer
Legislative/Executive Officer
Public Relations Specialist
Professor, Political Science
Professor, International Relations
Lawyer
Teacher, Secondary School
Politician
Sales Representative
Lobbyist
Reporter, Political Analyst
Researcher
Writer/Author
Urban/Regional Planner
Underwriter

Note: Some of the above professions will require advanced study or training.


FOR MORE INFORMATION


For information about choosing a career, graduate/ professional school, internships or job descriptions, and for career library resources, contact:

Career Development Center
Boca Raton Campus - Student Services Building, Room 220 (SU 220)
561-297-3533

Davie Campus - Modular G
954-236-1214

Jupiter Campus - SR 110
561-799-8010

For information about choosing a major and concentration and degree requirements, contact:

Dorothy F.Schmidt College of Arts & Letters
Boca Raton Campus - Arts & Humanities Building, Room 213 (AH 213)
561-297-3800
Davie Campus - Liberal Arts Building, Room 421 (LA 421)
954-236-1101

The Department of Political Science
Boca Raton Campus, Social Science Building, Room 384 (SO 384)
561-297-3210
Davie campus
954-236-1132


The Career Guide series was developed by the Florida Atlantic University Career Development Center, Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Undergraduate Programs, and in cooperation with the Department of Political Science.
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