Career Development

Political Science

When exploring possible academic majors, begin by investigating the specific programs at Purchase College.  Discover more about the B.A. in Political Science, and find out about program requirements, courses and the program faculty

Want to find out more about a major?  Talk to department heads and professors to have your questions answered and to get the inside track on being a Political Science major at Purchase College.

Career Possibilities

The following is a list of some career possibilities that students in this major might find rewarding. Remember, that your major does not necessarily determine your career. Graduates use their academic majors in a variety of professional fields. The options below can be used as a starting point to explore potential career paths, however, you may also want to investigate more using recommended resources to gain a more comprehensive list of careers. Keep in mind that additional education, training, and experiential education beyond your major may be needed to pursue these possibilities.


  • Ability to speak articulately read comprehensively and write well
  • Ability to persuade and influence others
  • Observant
  • Decision making
  • Research, collect, organize and clearly present information to others
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate data
  • Solving problems
  • Aptitude for accuracy and detail
  • Leadership abilities
  • Works well under pressure
  • Ability to communicate abstract ideas to others


  • Archivist
  • Author
  • Budget Analyst
  • City Planner
  • Detective
  • Diplomat
  • District Attorney
  • Editor
  • Educator
  • Federal Agent
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Fund Raiser
  • Government Worker
  • Issue Analyst
  • Journalist
  • Judge
  • Lawyer
  • Lobbyist
  • Market Researcher
  • Media Relations
  • News Reporter
  • Paralegal
  • Police Officer
  • Political Consultant
  • Political Scientist
  • Politician
  • Pollster
  • Professor
  • Public Administrator
  • Public Affairs Specialist
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Reporter
  • Research Assistant
  • Researcher
  • Student Affairs Administrator


  • Government Agencies
  • Judicial Offices
  • Law Firms
  • Military Divisions
  • News Agencies
  • International Agencies
  • Radio and Television Broadcasting
  • Museums
  • Foundations
  • Civic Organizations
  • Financial Institutions
  • Employee Unions
  • Educational Institutions
  • Corporations
  • Non-profit Organizations

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS - The American Political Science Association - Political Science Quarterly - International Political Science Association (IPSA) - The American Bar Association - American Civil Liberties Union - Legal News and Information - Federal Government Employment Information - American Association of Political Consultants - Council on Foreign Relations - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job type descriptions, job growth forecasts, and salary information

JOB SEARCH LINKS - Click on Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni - NY State Jobs - The Federal Government's official job site Provides information and Federal Government job opportunities for students and recent graduates - Federal jobs and internships - Jobs with the U.S. Department of State - Westchester County government site Nonprofit site, internships and jobs - The Washington Center for Internships & Academic Seminars - Jobs in law and career information - Foreign Policy Association - jobs and information - Public service jobs

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Updated  9/15

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