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Political Science: Politics literally rules.
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 nonprofit 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
- Are curious about current societal issues
- Government organizer
- City planner
- Lawyer (with additional education)
- Nonprofit manager
- City, state, or federal elective offices
- Campaign manager
- Civil service administrator
- U.S House of Representatives
- City of Volga
- Johnson, Janklow, Abdallah, Bollweg
- SD Legislature
- City of Brookings
- Political Campaigns
- Tieszen Law
Suggested Dual Majors
- Legal Studies Minor
- Journalism Minor
- Global Studies Minor
- Leadership Minor
- Leadership & Management of Nonprofit Organizations Minor
- Philosophy Minor
- Religion Minor
- Geography Minor
- Geospatial Intelligence Minor
- French Studies Minor
- German Minor
- Spanish Minor
- Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Minor
- Economics Minor
Clubs and Organizations
- Political Science Club
- Pre-Law Society
- Model UN
Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?
If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The Exploratory Studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the Exploratory Studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices.
In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a Career Coach in the Office of Career Development.