Political Science (PLSC)

What is Political Science? Related Careers
Related Skills Job & Internship Search Links
Career Planning Links Professional Association Links
Miscellaneous Links UofA Department of Political Science

What is Political Science?

According to the University of Arkansas, "The Department of Political Science offers a major leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree, three combined majors, also leading to Bachelor of Arts degrees, and two minors, one in legal studies and a second interdisciplinary minor in urban planning. Political science is the traditional undergraduate degree choice for those considering law school. It is also ideal preparation for a career in government service, including internationally-oriented paths like the foreign service, intelligence, and foreign aid/development agencies, and domestic political careers like consulting, research, polling, and policy/campaign staff."

Related Careers

Federal Government

State & Local Government
Ambassador Advisor
Archivist Assistant Budget Examiner

Assistant Secretary of State for...

Assistant Chief of Police
Budget Analyst Chief of Staff
Civilian Consultant to... City Housing Administrator
deputy Undersecretary of... City Planner
Foreign Service Officer/Specialist City Project Coordinator
GAO Evaluator City's Coordinator of...
Historian County Council Member
Information Technology Manager County Treasurer
Intelligence Specialist, CIA Deputy Secretary
Management Auditor Juvenile Justice Specialist
Officer, FBI Labor Relations Specialist
Program Analyst Legislative Coordinator
Public Affairs Specialist Program Director
Secretary, Department of... Senior Criminologist
Researcher State Chief Purchasing Officer
Staff Aid, Congressional Committee State Personnel Officer
Tax Inspector Supervisor, State Department of...
Teacher, Overseas School for...
Law International
Assistant Budget Examiner Agent, FBI
Assistant Chief of Police Analyst, CIA
Attorney Consultant to Multinational Corporations
Broadcast/Newspaper Reporter Director of International Marketing
CIA Inspector Field Staff
Commissioner Peace Corp Volunteer
Corporate Legal Counsel Foreign Service Officer
Criminologist Instructor
Deputy Secretary to the Governor International Banker
Judge International Correspondent
Juvenile Justice Specialist International Research Specialist
Labor Relations Specialist Lobbyist
Labor Union Official Policy Analyst
Law Professor Press Officer
Lawyer Strategic Planning Specialist
Lobbyist Translator
Public Interest/Consumer Advocate
Public Policy Analyst
Research Consultant
State Legislator
Nonprofit Organizations Campaigns & Polling
Budget Analyst Campaign Manager/Consultant/Director
Director, Fund Raising Fundraiser
Director, Nonprofit Agency Issue Analyst
Field Officer, Human Rights Campaign Pollster
Lobbyist Political Consultant
Political Director Political Director
Program Manager Political Reporter
Public Relations Specialist Press Officer for Candidate
Research Analyst Survey Researcher
Journalism Education
Director of Corporate Public Affairs College Professor
Director of Surveys, Television Network Curriculum Developer/Supervisor
Information Manager Education Reporter
Press Officer Government/Politics Teacher
Producer, Local Television News Researcher
Public Affairs Research Analyst Student Affairs Administrator
Television Reporter

Related Skills

Able to Develop & Market Ideas Oral & Written Communication
Analytical Thinking Perform Under Pressure
Computer Literate Problem-solving
Decision-making Research Skills
Interact with Diverse Populations Team Worker
Leadership Abilities Understanding of Community Needs

Job & Internship Search Links

Careers in Government - government listings.

Civil Service Recruitment Website - U.S. Department of State.

Federal Government Jobs


Federal Jobs for College Graduates - lists entry-level professional positions for graduates in administration.

Government Jobs


Law Jobs

Legal Job Search

National Security Agency

O Net

The Partnership for Public Service

State and Local Government

State Government Information

United States Senate Employment


U.S. Government Printing Office

USAJobs.gov - check out the Students and Recent Grads section and the Federal Jobs by College Major for a listing of job titles related to your major.

Career Planning Links

Occupational Outlook Handbook - the following links also provide a summary of the career, what they do, the work environment, how to become one, the job outlook, similar occupations and contacts for more information.

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Careers in Government

Careers in Public Administration

Criminal Justice Careers - List of criminal justice career opportunities, with some connecting to federal law, law enforcement and legal careers. Provides a full range of information about the careers including job requirements, salary information and school/training information.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee


Education & Careers for Law

Global Policy Forum


Law Career Center

National Republican Campaign Committee

Public Service Careers

United States Courts

U.S. Department of State

Professional Association Links

American Association for Justice

American Association of Political Consultants

American Bar Association

Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management

Association of American Law Schools

Association of Corporate Counsel

American Political Science Association

International City/County Management Association

National Association of Counties

National Association for Legal Career Professionals

National Bar Association

National Conference of State Legislatures

National League of Cities

United State Conference of Mayors

Miscellaneous Links

The American Presidency Project

Political Resources

Political Science Quarterly

Project Vote Smart

Statehouse News Bureau