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Political Science Careers

The Sky' the Limit

Politics influences everything, so your degree will take you far.

With your political science degree, you have a wealth of opportunities open to you. Your post-graduate options are practically boundless government, nonprofit organizations, businesses, law offices or academia.

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Career Options

Discover where you can work with this degree.

Our graduates have found success across a broad spectrum of careers. So, take this list as a brainstorm, not as a complete list!

  • Campaign Manager
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • City Manager
  • Teacher
  • Legislative Analyst
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Paralegal
  • Case Manager
  • Historic Preservationist
  • International Trade Specialist
  • Journalist

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Where recent graduates work.

Your expertise and desire for change is needed everywhere – work for a company right here in northeast Wisconsin, across the nation or beyond. Past graduates have found their first jobs with organizations like:

  • Wisconsin Conservation Voters
  • AmeriCorps
  • Hartley and Pecora Law Offices
  • Reedsville School District
  • Wisconsin County Circuit Court
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
  • State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
Hannah Malmberg

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"Becoming involved in your campus community and the community as a whole helps you build relationships, learn about opportunities and gain experience and also looks very appealing to employers. I don’t think I would be in the position I am today or be able to help students in the way that I do if I didn’t have the experiences I did."

Hannah Malmberg '19
Career Coach – Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Knowledge of and ability to analyze U.S. government institutions, political processes and behavior as well as politics in select Western and non-Western countries
  2. An ability to evaluate political institutions and processes from the perspective of democratic principles, including majority politics, the protection of minority rights and the value of due process.
  3. An ability to think critically and a capacity to use political science research. This includes an understanding of social science research methods and elementary statistical concepts, and the ability to use professional resources such as journals, indexes and government documents.
  4. To qualify for graduate study in political science, public policy, public administration, law, international affairs or related fields or to qualify for entry level employment requiring competence in governmental and political processes, or for teaching government.
  5. An ability to write clearly and effectively.
Professor Aaron Weinschenk

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Not sure where to start? Professor Weinschenk is committed to helping his students find success in the professional world – if you have any questions, get in touch with him.

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