What is political science?

Political science is a social science concerned chiefly with political and governmental institutions and processes. Political science students learn and discuss political issues as they occur at any level-local to global. They develop a wide range of perspectives on issues such as health care, justice, war, peace and gender equity. Students also learn about the historical and cultural relevance of such issues.

Why should I consider majoring in political science?

The political science degree offers students a broad base of skills and knowledge to prepare them for a wide variety of careers. Political science provides a liberal arts education that emphasizes analysis, writing, speaking and critical thinking skills. In addition, political science specifically focuses on public policy as well as individual and group behavior. BYU-Idaho offers emphases in teaching, legal studies, and world politics to allow students to focus on their educational and professional interests and goals. The broad spectrum of skills and knowledge within the major allows political science majors to work in a variety of settings: government, business, education, international organizations and law. The degree also prepares students for continuing education in graduate or law school.

What interests and values are related to political science?

Political science students are usually interested in social issues, government and law, and they like to participate in community activities. They have a tendency to be ambitious and outgoing, and they like to influence others.

What career fields are related to political science?

  • Archivist
  • Peace Corps Worker
  • Campaign Worker
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Public Health Official
  • Educator
  • Writer/Author
  • Lobbyist
  • Underwriter
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Technical Writer
  • Geographer
  • Hospital Administrator
  • City Manager
  • News Reporter
  • Urban Planner
  • Business Management
  • International Banker
  • Editor Foreign Services Officer
  • Historic Preservationist
  • Labor Relations Specialist

How can I learn more about political science?

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Contact Source:

College of Language & Letters Academic Discovery Center

Location: Smith 269

Phone: 208-496-9860

Email: CLLacademicdiscoverycenter@byui.edu