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What can I do with my Political Science degree?

Typical career options for Political Science graduates include: government service and diplomacy, politics, law, teaching, journalism, business, and work as lobbyists, public affairs officers and directors of non-profit institutions, interest groups and international organizations. Political Science majors can venture into any of these paths due to their strong liberal arts foundation and their ability to analyze and assess the political arena and the policy processes that characterize it.

UMBC Political Science students have gone on to such outstanding law and graduate schools as Yale, the University of Chicago and the University of Virginia, as well as all Baltimore and Washington metropolitan area schools. They have become judges and major partners in law firms, executive officers of major corporations, and some hold prominent administrative positions in the government. Some have become foreign service officers or have achieved cabinet-level positions in state and local governments. Many have become tenured faculty members at colleges and universities. Sixty percent of political science majors go on to take advanced degrees, over half in law.