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Political Science Majors


What are you going to do with your major?


Remember, aliberal arts degree opens a vast array of career choices andopportunities. Your degree has prepared you to approach problemsanalytically, think critically about ideas, research, organize yourthoughts, and write about your findings. Your only limitation isthinking that you are only qualified for the traditional jobs in aselected major.

“One of thepenalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end upbeing governed by your inferiors”  Plato

 
 
The followingbooks are available in the Career Center’s Resource Library (lowerlevel, Seegers). The locations of these books in the library arenext to the title with the section number:
  • Inside a U.S. Embassy: How the Foreign Service Works for America- Shawn Dorman  GOV/LAW
  • Guide to America’s Federal Jobs- Bruce Maxwell and the Editors at JIST  GOV/LAW
  • How to Apply for NY State Jobs- binder of pamphlets  GOV/LAW
  • An Insider’s Guide to Political Jobs in Washington- William T. Endicott  GOV/LAW
  • Career Opportunities in Politics, Government and Activism- John Axelrod-Contrada  GOV/LAW
  • Vault Guide to Capitol Hill Careers- the Staff of  Vault  GOV/LAW
  • Federal Civil Service Jobs- Michele Lipson and Dawn McKay  GOV/LAW
  • 2005-2006 Pennsylvania Legislative Directory- Pennsylvania Newspaper Association GOV/LAW
  • Government Affairs Yellow Book- Eileen McGoldrick  GOV/LAW
  • How to Get a Job in Congress- Christopher Porter  GOV/LAW
  • Careers and the Study of Political Science- American Political Science Association  EXPLORE
  • Great Jobs for Political Science Majors- Mark Rowh  EXPLORE
  • Careers and the Study of Political Science- APSA  GOV/LAW
 
 
Other Career Center resources:
  • This Handout available on theCareer Center website or in the Career Center Resource Library.


  • Muhlenberg Career Network, a databaseaccessible from the career library computer that provides contactinformation for Muhlenberg alumni who have volunteered to helpstudents with their career goals.
Examples of types of jobs held by political science majors:
  • Senior Public Affairs Specialist (U.S. Consumer Public Safety Commission
  • Senior Campaign Finance Analyst (Federal Election Commission)
  • Assistant District Attorney (City of Philadelphia)
  • Mayor (Chester Township, New Jersey)
  • Press Assistant and Congressional Aide (Office of Senator Joseph Lieberman)
  • Director of International Programs (University of Richmond)
  • Writer (UN Wire)
  • Law Clerk (Hon. Robert J. Smith Jr.)
  • District Court Administrator (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania)
  • Americorps Volunteer (Americorps)
  • Recruiter (Morgan Stanley)


Graduate and Law School Programs:
  • Career Center: There are many books in the Career Center Library pertaining to graduate and law schools.  In the Law section of the library, there are many resources for LSAT preparation, law school guides and law school pamphlets.  Here are just a few examples:
    • Peterson’s Graduate Programs in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (GRAD 16)
    • Peterson’s Graduate Programs in the Humanities 2004 (GRAD 43)
    • Best 117 Law Schools- The Princeton Review (LAW 8)
    • Peterson’s Law Schools 2004 (LAW 13)
    • Cracking the LSAT- The Princeton Review (LAW 19)
    • Law School Admission- Carol L. Wright, J.D. (LAW 3)
    • Law School Essays that Made a Difference- The Princeton Review (LAW 17)
    • Should You Really be a Lawyer?- Deborah Schneider, JD and Gary Belsky (GOV/LAW 15)
    • Careers for Legal Eagles and Other Law-and-Order Types- Blythe Camenson (GOV/LAW 5)

  • Faculty Resources:
    Advisors in the Muhlenberg Political Science Department are excellent resources to find out professions in the political science field and other careers pursued by Political Science majors. In addition, advisors are willing to explore graduate school opportunities and options. Pre-law advisors are also great resources when considering law school.
 
 
Professional Associations:
  American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR)
    An association that promotes public opinion and survey research.  Members work in government, non-profit, education, and commercial firms.  Research interests include election polling and conducting market research to name a few.
 
  The American Political Science Association (APSA)
    Aprofessional organization promoting international research, astrengthened professional environment, and raising standards withinthe profession.
 
  The Society for Political Methodology
    Part of the American Political Science Association.
 
  International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS)
 
 
Journals andPublications:
  Law and Political Science Review
    A peer-reviewed journal presenting scholarly research in all areas of political science, including public administration, political theory, public policy, American politics, and international relations.
 
  Political Studies
    Aninternational, peer-reviewed journal committed to publishing newresearch in all areas of politics and international relations.
 
  Political Studies Review
    Provides timely and complete review coverage on the newest literature pertaining to political science and international relations.
 
  Law and Politics Book Review
    Sponsored by the Law and Courts section of the American PoliticalScience Association.  Quickly reviews many books about the legalprocess and politics.
 
  Political Research Quarterly
    A scholarly journal publishing original research in all fields, including international relations, American politics, gender, race and ethnicity, comparative politics, political theory, and philosophy.
 
  Political Analysis
    Dedicated to advancing the field of political methodology, joiningqualitative and quantitative methodology.
 
 
Other Resources:
  USA Jobs
    The U.S. Government’s official site for jobs and employmentinformation.  Many positions are available.
 
  Idealist.org
   

This site is for people seeking employment opportunities in thenon-profit sector and allows you to      search for jobs,organizations, or internships.

 
  U.S. House International Relations Committee
    The Committee studies and reviews matters relating to nationalsecurity, foreign policy, and international economic policy relatingto the U.S.
 
  Philanthropy Careers
    Provides joblistings in various career fields dealing with philanthropy.
 
  Political Information
    Asearch engine for politics, policy, and political news.
 
  Public Service Careers
    Posts job listings in government,academics, non-profits, contracting, consulting and NGO.

 

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Last Revised March 25, 2008
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