Many Political Science majors pursue careers in public affairs, on the staff of elected officials, government agencies, public interest groups, or corporate public affairs departments. Journalism, broadcasting, public relations, and other communications-related professions have also been of interest to majors. The major also provides good training and skills for other business applications.
As part of the required practicum, student have pursued internships involving all of these areas. The Department of Political Science currently helps administer a paid summer internship in a Congressional office, and it receives and posts notices of many other significant internship opportunities in governmental and non-governmental agencies.
Because many Political Science majors are interested in pursuing careers in the legal field, the Department offers several courses in the legal-political area. In appropriate instances, this may include a practicum course that provides exposure to legal practice. Political Science majors may also elect the interdisciplinary legal studies minor; however, political science courses utilized for the minor may not also be credited to the major, and the number of political science courses taken for the major and minor together may not exceed 45 credits within the minimum 120 credits required for graduation.