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Political Science (B.A./B.S.)

Local, state and federal governments are built on a complex structure of systems, issues, ideas, processes and policies. In this program, you will examine the science behind politics and the factors that help make governments work. As a political science major, you will explore modern-day political issues – like health care and education – and study the history of governments around the world. You will learn about topics related to globalization, American presidencies, political revolutions, civil rights and more. A major in Political Science prepare graduates for work in government agencies, party headquarters, political consulting firms, advocacy organizations, business, or non-profit agencies. The flexibility of the major also positions students for law school and other professional or graduate degree programs.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Are interested in American politics and international affairs
  • Have strong communication skills
  • Like to debate
  • Consider yourself a leader and like to be active in your community
  • Curious about current societal issues

Career Opportunities

  • Government organizer
  • Analyst
  • City planner
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer (with additional education)

Recent Employers

  • U.S House of Representatives
  • City of Volga
  • Daktronics
  • Johnson, Janklow, Abdallah, Bollweg

Internship Opportunities

  • SD Legislature
  • Daktronics
  • City of Brookings
  • Political Campaigns
  • Tieszen Law

Suggested Certificates

  • Experiential Learning

Suggested Minors

  • Legal Studies
  • Journalism
  • Global Studies
  • Leadership
  • Leadership and Management of Non-profit Organizations

Clubs and Organizations

  • Political Science Club
  • Pre-Law Society
  • Model UN

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.