Political science is the study of governments, public policies and political processes, systems, and political behavior. 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 interests? If so, you should consider studying political science.
Political science students 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 university and college teaching.

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“All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.”


“If our Founding Fathers wanted us to care about the rest of the world, they wouldn’t have declared their independence from it.”

Stephen Colbert

“Politics is harder than physics.”

Albert Einstein

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