Referred to by many as the “queen of the liberal arts,” a major in political science opens the door to a variety of career possibilities, in and out of government. Government service, government and business relations, service and charity work in nongovernmental organizations, environmental action, journalism, and law are just a few of the many professions for which political science provides a solid foundation. Political science also serves as a valuable minor area of study that strengthens career prospects in other fields, including business, history, and modern language studies.
The political science discipline offers courses in three areas: American politics, world politics, and political philosophy. Students are encouraged to take classes in all areas or focus their attention by selecting one of the concentration areas explained below. Students interested primarily in world politics are encouraged to consider a degree in international relations and diplomacy.
Students considering graduate studies should consult an advisor about taking quantitative methodology courses and advanced language studies. STA 403 - China: Modernization, Tradition, and Culture is also available for political science credit (it is crosslisted as POSC 403 ). Students are urged to consider this and all opportunities to study abroad. See the Study Abroad section. Internship experience is also critical to a competitive political science degree. Please consult an advisor about the many internship opportunities and refer to the Washington Internship Institute section of this catalog.
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