February 10, 2016
If you're an NPR junkie with a thirst for breaking news on foreign affairs or a "House of Cards" addict with Capitol Hill career aspirations, a political science degree could be for you. Here's a breakdown of what political science majors do in college and beyond.
In earning a degree in political science, students gather data and analyze current events in an attempt to understand the relationship between government, policy and the public. Critical thinking skills are a must in this program as students are expected to explore political questions, tactics and strategies; interpret that information and then apply strategies to scenarios at a local, national and international level.
Different degrees equip students with varying skill sets. These skills can often be profession-specific competencies, but just as often, they can be useful skills that are transferable across many disciplines. Political science majors earn a valuable degree while honing many other skills that are in demand, but may not be explicitly covered by a given course or degree program. For example, critical thinking, problem-solving and strong communication skills are all highly valued by companies in today's workforce, and these are all skills that a political science degree can help you develop.
A great thing about an online degree program in political science is the versatility it can provide once you graduate. The skills gained through study of this subject, as well as the broad range of applications and careers that seek to make use of these skills, mean that graduates may have a wealth of career choices they can pursue.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the political science field is expecting a 21 percent job growth through 2022. These jobs encompass more than just standard professions like politics and diplomacy, but nearly any profession within public or private spheres that require critical thinking and global perspective.
Some political science students choose to focus their studies on campaign leadership, others in areas like public policy and disadvantaged populations or human rights. The American Political Science Association listed sample careers for political science grads including activists, career counselors, city planners, immigration officers, juvenile justice specialists and mediators, among many other options.
If you'd like to see the world, earning a political science degree could help you achieve your goals. Some political scientists work as political affairs officers at the United Nations, helping to ensure global peace and security. Others hold equally exciting roles at global organizations in cities such as London, Paris and Moscow. As the field of international relations grows, there will likely be an increasing demand for graduates educated in political science to work as diplomats and political liaisons.
By now you've come to understand the broad range of ways that an online degree in political science can help you build a gratifying career upon completion of your degree. Not only do the online degree programs provide you with the education and experience you'll need to be competitive in a global job market, but they can also outfit you with a broad range of transferable skills that can help benefit you in any industry.
Prepare yourself for success by exploring SNHU's online bachelor's and master's political science degree programs.
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