Alfred University's political science major provides students with the background they need to enter careers in government service, business, teaching, journalism, or law as well as preparing them for graduate study. As they learn about the institutions that shape people's lives, students are exposed to course work in
* American Politics - learning about the way people participate in political processes as they attempt to influence the decisions made by Congress, the courts, or a bureaucratic agency.
* Comparative Politics - learning about how the practice and structure of politics varies from one country or region of the world to another.
* Political Theory - learning about the ideas upon which various politically systems - including the U.S. system - are based.
The Political Science program develops not only reasoning and analytical skills, but also
communication skills, both oral and written. Thus, the study of political science prepares a student to pursue a variety of careers that include, but are not limited to, law, policy development, public service, national and international business, communications, and education.
Sample Job Titles
· Campaign worker · Staff assistant · Urban planner
· Diplomat · Fundraiser · Foreign service officer
· Paralegal · Community program director · Director of human resources
· Lobbyist · Grant writer · Marketing specialist
· News reporter · Labor relations specialist · Researcher
· Probation officer · Teacher/Professor · Lawyer
· Political consultant · Caseworker · Recreation director
· Market research analyst · Journalist · Public relations worker
· Special events organizer · Chamber of commerce