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Political science provides a broad liberal arts education while focusing on politics and public life. Students can network with alumni and learn how their liberal arts education can translate to a successful career after they graduate through Weinberg’s Student-Alumni Engagement Program. 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 including employers and job titles.

You can also search outcomes for the undergraduates of the most recent classes six months after graduation.  To filter for political science majors, select all Colleges and Schools and filter only political science majors. 

Northwestern Career Advancement’s website further highlights each Weinberg major, skills gained from the major, and industries that students pursue. 

Looking for a job or internship? Or just interested in knowing what’s out there?  Northwestern Career Advancement’s website has instructions to set up personalized searches for internships, job postings and other opportunities in CareerCat.

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