Political Scientists study the history, development, and functioning of political systems. Students pursuing a degree in political science will study, for example: how to understand and predict voter behavior, how political systems influence the economy, society, and culture of a place, and how the media and politicians shape public opinion.

Because there is a large emphasis placed on learning how to evaluate evidence, form theories, and think and write critically, political science students are well-prepared for a variety of occupations. Depending on the area of political science studied while in school and whether or not a student pursues post-graduate education, career opportunities for students majoring in Political Science currently include:

  • Lawyer.
  • Legislative staff.
  • Policy analyst.
  • Journalist.
  • Teacher/university professor.
  • Business executive.

Many students go on to advanced study in fields such as law, diplomacy, public policy and public administration. For more information about these careers, as well as the current employment outlook, visit the U.S. Department of Labor and Oregon Employment Department websites.