- Why Go into Political Science
- Cooperative Work Experience
- Learning About American Government
Why Should You Go into Political Science?
Political scientists study the history, development, and the 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 jobs such as lawyers, legislative staffers, policy analysts, journalists, teachers, business executives, and university professors. Many students go on to advance study in fields such as law, diplomacy, public policy, and public administration.
The Associate of Science in Political Science is for students interested in completing a bachelor's degree at Oregon State University in Political Science. Students interested in this major are strongly encouraged to enroll in the Degree Partnership Program (DPP) as there may be lower division courses required by their chosen discipline that are only offered at Oregon State University.
All career information and statistics listed below are based off of the State of Oregon. For more information go to our Career Coach page.
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Cooperative Work Experience
Students can gain hands-on experience through our Cooperative Work Experience program in Political Science. Opportunities include placement at government and state agencies. These internships are limited in number, selective, and must be arranged in advance of the term. For more information please contact Scott McAleer at email@example.com
Learning About American Government
The Reuters Institute recently released its 2017 Digital News Report, analyzing surveys from 70,000 people across 36 countries and providing a comprehensive comparative analysis of modern news consumption. The report reveals that 51% of left-leaning Americans trust the news, while only 20% of conservatives say the same.
People across American and across the world have increased their interest in the current American government as the political climate has polarized over the last several years. The study of political science, especially LBCC's PS 201 course, helps illuminate the underlying processes that have led to and currently drive this current climate. Specifically, the influence of media and social media in politics, the ongoing investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 Presidential election, and the lasting ramifications of this interference are discussed.
Political Science Program Information
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