Political Science

How can we properly decide on the laws we put into practice? How do people acquire the power to govern? And how should this power be legally divided, distributed and restrained? If these are questions that you find yourself wondering, then you may want to consider majoring in Political Science.

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UTSA’s Political Science Program

UTSA’s Political Science degree encompasses a broad range of subjects like American politics, international relations, political philosophy and law. You can also choose an optional concentration in Social Studies. Concentrations are declared after you’ve been admitted and have met with your academic advisor.

In this program, you’ll explore how individuals exercise power in group settings and the institutions, rules and processes that are put in place to promote civilian cooperation. You’ll learn about democracy and other forms of government, styles of leadership, the ideas of Plato, Machiavelli, Hobbes and Locke, the influence of non-governmental organizations in world politics, the formation of public opinion, Constitutional law, and the developing role of social media in politics. 

Careers in Political Science

Top job titles for Political Science graduates include:

• Defense Intelligence Analyst
• Policy Analyst
• Researcher
• Social Science Researcher
• Account Manager
• Editor
• Paralegal

Political Science and its related career pathways are currently in average demand in San Antonio in the 2018-19 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include San Francisco, CA, Boston, MA and Denver, CO. More than 144,000 political science-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.

Career Resources

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Industries for Political Science Graduates

Political Science is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of political science-related positions over 2018-19 included:

• Higher Education
• Technical Consulting Services
• Government
• Aerospace Manufacturing
• Scientific Research
• National Security and International Affairs
• Advertising and Public Relations

Salaries for Political Science Graduates

The salary range for open political science-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $34,250
median $55,139
top 10% $87,328

Source: Burning Glass

Skills and Interests for Political Science Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as a Political Science graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. Political Science may be a good fit for you if:

• You enjoy learning
• You enjoy working with others
• You are well organized
• You are good with technology
• You are detail oriented

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