Political Science Student Handbook

To Students Majoring in Political Science:

On behalf of the Political Science faculty, I want to congratulate you for majoring in Political Science. Our nation urgently needs bright and dedicated citizens like you to take on the tough problems confronting America and the world, and I sincerely believe the preparation you will receive in the study of Political Science will equip you to solve those problems.

This Student Handbook is provided primarily to assist you in adjusting your courses and to begin thinking about future semesters. However, this handbook offers you much more, especially about your career planning, so I encourage you to explore the many opportunities presented here.

As you continue your MU career, you should consider ways to set yourself apart from the thousands of other college graduates. What makes you different? What lines on your resume identify you as someone a company should hire? Here are some possibilities:

  • Internship experience
  • Study abroad experience
  • Off-campus experience
  • Work experience
  • Scholarly publication and/or presentation credit
  • Academic and/or Leadership conference participation
  • Certificates of completion for enrichment programs
  • Demonstrated quantitative research skills
  • Network of professional contacts
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Professional Linked-In account
  • Solid, professional resume

Think about including these and other elements into your personal strategy for success after college. The Political Science Department offers many opportunities to assist you in the areas mentioned above. Your advisor and professors are ready to help.


Andrew H. Ziegler, Jr., Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Political Science