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Why Study Political Science?

We live in a representative democracy in which political knowledge is fundamental to fulfilling ones responsibilities and duties as a citizen. Every citizen has a responsibility to know how government works, to understand political issues, and hold public officials accountable.

Political science helps students to develop reasoning and analytic skills and build competence in oral and written expression, skills that are useful in almost any profession.

There are many careers for which an extensive training in political science is extremely beneficial. This is particularly true for those planning careers in the following fields:

  • National, state and local government
  • Urban planning
  • Foreign affairs
  • Journalism
  • Education
  • Legal profession
  • Public Advocacy
  • Public Relations
  • International Organizations

A multitude of organizations and interest groups that seek to monitor the political process or to influence the content of public policy.