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 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
- Government organizer
- City planner
- Lawyer (with additional education)
- U.S House of Representatives
- City of Volga
- Johnson, Janklow, Abdallah, Bollweg
- SD Legislature
- City of Brookings
- Political Campaigns
- Tieszen Law
Suggested Dual Majors
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.