Yasser El-Shimy, of the Ph.D. program, has (with Professor Nathan Brown of...
Why Study Political Science?
The purpose of our major is to deepen knowledge and understanding of one of the most powerful forces operating on people, communities and corporations today, namely government and politics in the USA and around the world. This knowledge and understanding is valuable for all citizens. It is also essential in many careers today; business executives, for example, need to have some understanding of the likely trajectory of policy and politics in China or Europe as well as in the United States in order to make wise investment decisions.
Because political science is a discipline that uses different approaches, our courses train you in a number of different critical skills that will help you succeed in almost any career. Most of our courses have assignments that develop your skills in writing. Almost all good jobs require writing skills. Other courses develop skills in quantitative reasoning. An ability to assess statistical arguments is equally important in modern life. Our political theory courses train you in analytical thinking, an essential skill for almost all attractive careers.
Not surprisingly, alumni of political science majors can be found succeeding in many different professions and organizations including law and business; the CEOs of several Fortune 500 companies are political science majors. Some find government so fascinating that they make government service their career. While many professions such as Law require you to go to a professional school for postgraduate training, the intellectual skills acquired in a political science major are a great foundation for future success.