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Political Science

What is Political Science? Related Careers
Related Skills Job & Internship Search Links
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Miscellaneous Links OSU Department of Political Science

What is Political Science?

According to Wikipedia, political science is "a social science concerned with the theory and practice of politics" and governement, "and the description and analysis of political systems and political behavior."

In the Political Science Program at OSU, you'll learn the ideas of great political thinkers, controversies involved in issues as current as the front page of today's newspapers, and everything in between.  You will have engaging discussions and debates from all points of view in class, with students and professors.  You'll learn to think critically, write clearly and speak persuasively.  You'll learn the stories behind the headlines and how to find the information to make up your own mind about issues as diverse as assisted suicide, international terrorism, campaign finance, or censorship.

Political Science - What Can I Do with This Degree? pdf - lists the industry areas, employers, and strategies for using your degree.

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deputy Undersecretary of... City Planner
Foreign Service Officer/Specialist City Project Coordinator
GAO Evaluator City's Coordinator of...
Historian County Council Member
Information Technology Manager County Treasurer
Intelligence Specialist, CIA Deputy Secretary
Management Auditor Juvenile Justice Specialist
Officer, FBI Labor Relations Specialist
Program Analyst Legislative Coordinator
Public Affairs Specialist Program Director
Secretary, Department of... Senior Criminologist
Researcher State Chief Purchasing Officer
Staff Aid, Congressional Committee State Personnel Officer
Tax Inspector Supervisor, State Department of...
Teacher, Overseas School for...  
Law International
Assistant Budget Examiner Agent, FBI
Assistant Chief of Police Analyst, CIA
Attorney Consultant to Multinational Corporations
Broadcast/Newspaper Reporter Director of International Marketing
CIA Inspector Field Staff
Commissioner Peace Corp Volunteer
Corporate Legal Counsel Foreign Service Officer
Criminologist Instructor
Deputy Secretary to the Governor International Banker
Judge International Correspondent
Juvenile Justice Specialist International Research Specialist
Labor Relations Specialist Lobbyist
Labor Union Official Policy Analyst
Law Professor Press Officer
Lawyer Strategic Planning Specialist
Lobbyist Translator
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Public Policy Analyst  
Research Consultant  
State Legislator  
Nonprofit Organizations Campaigns & Polling
Budget Analyst Campaign Manager/Consultant/Director
Director, Fund Raising Fundraiser
Director, Nonprofit Agency Issue Analyst
Field Officer, Human Rights Campaign Pollster
Lobbyist Political Consultant
Political Director Political Director
Program Manager Political Reporter
Public Relations Specialist Press Officer for Candidate
Research Analyst Survey Researcher
Journalism Education
Director of Corporate Public Affairs College Professor
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Television Reporter  

Related Skills

Able to Develop & Market Ideas Oral & Written Communication
Analytical Thinking Perform Under Pressure
Computer Literate Problem-solving
Decision-making Research Skills
Interact with Diverse Populations Team Worker
Leadership Abilities Understanding of Community Needs

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U.S. Department of State

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Professional Association Links

Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management

American Political Science Association

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National Association of Counties

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National League of Cities

United State Conference of Mayors

American Association of Political Consultants

American Bar Association

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American Associaiton for Justice

Associaiton of American Law Schools

Association of Corporate Counsel

National Association for Legal Career Professionals

National Federation of Paralegal Associates

Miscellaneous Links

Statehouse News Bureau

The American Presidency Project

Political Resources

Project Vote Smart

Political Science Quarterly

Federal Employees News Digest

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