Govern Your Future
The study of government and political science includes the origins of government, Constitutional theory, government institutions and political behavior. At the associate degree level, common courses include Federal Government, Texas Politics, and Introduction to Political Science. These introductory courses provide a solid foundation for how government functions at the state, local and federal level.
Political Science students will also have a strong base of knowledge in political behavior. This includes political parties, interest groups, and ideology. The media and politics, and campaigns and elections are also covered in these introductory courses. In the classroom, students are encouraged to analyze public policy positions and current political affairs. In addition to producing well informed and politically engaged citizens, this field of study encourages strong critical thinking and analytical abilities that are highly marketable in the private and public sector.
After earning a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from a university, career paths often include working for a state, local or federal government institution, a governmental non-profit or advocacy organization, political campaigns, or working directly for elected officials. Political science graduates can also teach at the K-12 level or research for a think tank or public opinion firm.
Many political science majors also go on to obtain advanced degrees. Masters-level degrees in political science or public policy often open doors to working at the federal-level, such as the State Department, Homeland Security or the Department of the Interior. Other graduate paths include law school or doctoral degrees.
Students pursuing an education in government will be prepared for careers as:
- Compliance officers $73,171*
- Research assistants $42,110*
- Political scientists $72,094*
*Source: www.texaswages.com, 2016 annual median salaries for Gulf Coast regionary to make a difference.