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Facts About Political Science

Why a Major in Political Science?

Are you concerned about political issues? Do you follow international affairs in the media? Have you discussed critical issues such as civil rights, terrorism, the environment, or the future of government and society with family and friends? Are you looking for an exciting and rewarding career? Do you want to learn more about these subjects and pursue a career based on your interests? If so, you are an ideal candidate for a degree in Political Science.

What is Political Science?

Students in Political Science learn about local, national, and international politics. Students study diverse questions including the following. How can government promote ethnic, gender, and religious diversity, and still encourage a common bond of nationality? What should the role of the United States be in the increasingly interdependent global economy? Will a “clash of civilizations” lead to more political violence and terrorism? To answer these questions, Political Science students undergo an effective course of study, which promotes strong critical thinking, leadership, and ethical reasoning skills. Graduates of the Political Science program are given a true liberal arts foundation that prepares them for the challenges of life.

What are My Career Options?

The Political Science curriculum prepares students for a truly broad range of exciting careers. The American Political Science Association suggests that a major in Political Science is qualified for over 300 jobs in law; business; international organizations; nonprofit associations and organizations; campaign management and polling; journalism; precollegiate education; electoral politics; research and analysts positions; university and college teaching; and rewarding service in the federal government, 50 state governments, and over 80,000 local governments.

How can a major in Political Science Advance Your Career Opportunities?

The Political Science program has a devoted, highly qualified, and professional staff of Ph.D level instructors. Students choose from a broad range of Political Science courses that study local, national, and international politics. The faculty are concerned not only with a students success in the program, but they also provide career counseling and practical job experience through internship opportunities in Cumberland County, Raleigh, and Washington D.C. for qualified students wishing to gain practical experience. Political Science classes at Methodist University are small, allowing ample opportunity for discussion of theories and practices being studied. The Political Science program sponsors numerous events, such as the Terry Sanford Guest Lecture Series, public forums, and round table discussions. Political Science students also can participate in the Model United Nations Organization and attend student conferences in Charlotte, Atlanta, New York, and The Hague Netherlands. Also two Political Science students are selected to attend the student conference on United States Affairs at West Point, N.Y.