"I seldom think of politics more than 18 hours a day. "
~ Lyndon Baines Johnson
What is Political Science?
Political Science is the study of governments and governing procedures. Students who are interested in pursing careers in law, politics, or as a civic leader benefit from the study of political science because they learn how governments are constituted and how better laws and governments can be developed in order to benefit the people of the world.
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Interests and Skills
- Desire to render public service
- Competitive drive
- Willingness to take risks
- Desire for recognition and to influence others
Political Science majors can work in a variety of different settings. They can work in federal, state and local government. In addition, they may find employment in law firms, corporations and non profit organizations. Financial companies, political action committees and various media outlets may also employ political science majors.
Possible Job Titles
Director of Public Policy
Peace Corps Volunteer
Enhance Your Qualifications
Students in the Political Science major at William Paterson have numerous opportunities to enhance their academic experience. Students can contact the department about internships in museums, law offices, and government. Also, many students find that a study abroad experience enhances their curriculum because they are given the opportunity to experience different cultures and governments first hand. Students can join the Political Science Club which will enable them to meet others in their major with similar interests and career goals. The department also offers membership to Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honors Society, to students who meet certain GPA requirements. Students can contact the department for more information.
Related Web Sites
National Women's Political Caucus http://www.nwpc.org/
The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com
The Slate http://www.slate.com
Hill News http://www.hillnews.com
Other Sources of Information
Please drop by the Career Development and Advisement Center to learn more about careers in political science. The career library carries career-specific books and counselors are available to answer any further questions you may have.