Career Paths

Political science provides a broad liberal arts education while focusing on politics and public life. Through strong relationships and the use of the alumni database, Our Northwestern, our alumni provide critical professional insights to our current students.

Many students major in political science because of potential career options. The most popular of these are law, government service, business, policy analysis, and teaching at every level. Northwestern graduates have been inordinately successful in these careers, and many others. Indeed, recruiters and advisors know the value of a political science education—with its many skills of analysis and organization—in preparing students for a well-rounded life after graduation, whatever the particular career choice. Many undergraduates translate their majors into further education in graduate school in political science or related humanities and social science disciplines.

Political science also contributes to civic education by offering student-citizens the means to better understand and engage politics and public life. Student government, fraternities, sororities, and other organizations are frequently led or energized by political science majors. For all these reasons, students new to Northwestern might wish to join the over 500 classmates who now major in political science.

What do political science majors do after graduation? Sample employers and job titles from our 2013 & 2014 graduates.

The above report is from the Northwestern Career Advancement office and is based on the data of the 2013 and 2014 graduates.  Curious what alums of the NU Political Science department do after they graduate? Then check out the attached report for a sample of employers and job titles.