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What Is Political Science?

According to the American Political Science Association, political science "is the study of governments, public policies and political processes, systems, and political behavior. Political science subfields include political theory, political philosophy, political ideology, political economy, policy studies and analysis, comparative politics, international relations, and a host of related fields. Political scientists use both humanistic and scientific perspectives and tools and a variety of methodological approaches to examine the process, systems, and political dynamics of all countries and regions of the world."

The American Political Science Association

Why Study Political Science?

Are you interested in American politics? International affairs? Critical issues such as health, the environment, civil rights? Theories concerning the ideal government and how power and resources are allocated in society? Do you want to study these subjects and pursue a career based on your interest? If so, you should consider studying political science.

Political science students can gain a versatile set of skills that can be applied in a wide range of exciting careers in federal, state and local governments, law, business, international organizations, nonprofit associations and organizations, campaign management and polling, journalism, precollegiate education, electoral politics, research and educating at the University and College level.

What Can I Do With A Degree In Political Science?

For those wondering what exactly political science is and what you can do with a political science degree the following article entitled "Politics: The Next Generation" (PDF) outlines what some of our graduates have gone on to do. Also check out UNCW's Career Center's page about potential careers in political science. Read about Campaigning Careers on page 3 of the Career Center Quarterly.