Political Science has everything to do with our every day life. It determines what minimum wage is, what restrictions you have on watering your lawn, and how old you have to be to enter certain establishments. Political Science majors study the ins and outs of how it all works, as well as how it impacts everyone in the country.
This is a major for political junkies – the people who watch CSPAN, and not only when nothing else is on. From the local city council election to the new king of some Middle Eastern country, they’re riveted by all of it.
Political Science and Government are good communicators. They have charm and charisma, and can gain the trust of others. They can keep track of a lot of different details, staying up to date on multiple issues at once. They also have a good pulse on how others feel so they can speak for and represent others.
If you haven’t even heard of CSPAN, or if you thought Barack Obama was one of the new actors on 90210 maybe you should think about a different major.
You’ll learn plenty of history alongside classes that educate you on the current system of government. Expect to learn in depth how a bill becomes a law (you’ll finally know more than what the “Schoolhouse Rock” song explains). You’ll figure out what the rest of the world has always wondered – what do lobbyists do? And you’ll get more than your fair share of public speaking opportunities as you voice your opinions.
While a degree in Political Science and Government is good experience for just about any career, many stick with the political theme. There are positions as advisers and strategists to candidates and elected officials, publicists and pollsters. Some become political writers. And of course there’s the big chunk who become politicians and government officials themselves.
Grab a spot on your high school debate team, stat. You’ll want the experience of forming an argument and communicating your views clearly.
While you’re learning valuable skills along the way, this career is all about the networking. Start on the first day of school. You also need experience. Run for office yourself, or get one of your friends elected to your college governing body. Or join in the state or national elections by campaigning for a candidate at those levels.