Careers and Outcomes

Pursue your path and make a difference with a degree in political science.

 
UConn political science majors and minors gain a critical understanding of government, institutions, civic discourse, and public life. Through our rigorous coursework and hands-on experience, our students also gain transferable skills that are highly desired by employers, including communication, critical reasoning, quantitative analysis, and an appreciation for human diversity.

Once they graduate, our students go on to apply these skills in a variety of professional fields and make a significant impact on their communities. Many of them also continue their education at some of the top graduate programs in the U.S.
 

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Common Career Tracks

Below are eight popular career tracks for political science students. The sample curriculum is intended to provide an example of a course of study for students interested in pursuing a particular career. For more information or to discuss your options, please contact your academic advisor.

Business

Many political science students express an interest in business fields. Majors go on to pursue careers in financial consulting, public relations, and corporate analysis.

POLS majors are required to take three introductory POLS courses, eight upper-division POLS courses, and four upper-division related courses to complete the POLS degree. The sample curriculum below is intended to provide an example of a course of study one might take if interested in pursuing business. These are suggested courses only. They are meant only as a tool to guide the student toward a career in business fields.

Sample Curriculum

Course Type Sample Courses
Introductory Courses POLS 1202: Introduction to Comparative Politics
POLS 1602: Introduction to American Politics
POLS 1402: Introduction to International Relations
Major Courses POLS 3208: Politics of Oil
POLS 3239: Politics of Environment
POLS 3256: Politics of Human Rights in Global Supply Chains
POLS 3406: Globalization and Political Change
POLS 3617: American Political Economy
POLS 3618: Politics of Inequality
POLS 3852: Politics of Budgeting
POLS 3209: Sustainable Energy in the 21st Century
Related Courses BADM 3252: Corporate Social Impact and Responsibility
BADM 3254: Business Solutions to Societal Challenges
BADM 3673: Business Organizations and Governance
ECON 2440: Economics of the Global Economy
Additional Curricular and Extracurricular Activities International Business Society
Undergraduate Business Society
Women in Business
Internships*
Study Abroad*

*may earn academic credit for these experiences

Foreign Service

Many political science students express an interest in foreign service and international affairs. Majors often go on to work as diplomats, foreign service officers, and other types of government officials.

POLS majors are required to take three introductory POLS courses, eight upper-division POLS courses, and four upper-division related courses to complete the POLS degree. The sample curriculum below is intended to provide an example of a course of study one might take if interested in pursuing foreign service. These are suggested courses only. They are meant only as a tool to guide the student toward a career in Foreign Service.

Sample Curriculum

Course Type Sample Courses
Introductory Courses POLS 1002: Introduction to Political Theory
POLS 1207: Introduction to Nonwestern Politics
POLS 1402: Introduction to International Relations
Major Courses POLS 3203: Environmental Policy and Institutions
POLS 3402: Contemporary International Politics
POLS 3847: The Policy-making Process
POLS 3633: Race and Policy
POLS 3410: International Political Economy
POLS 3406: Globalization and Political Change
POLS 3418: International Organizations and Law
POLS 3442: The Politics of American Foreign Policy
Related Courses SOCI 3421: Class, Power, and Inequality
SOCI 3701: The Developing World
HRTS 3202: International Human Rights
COMM 4250: Communication in Conflict Management
Additional Curricular and Extracurricular Activities Cultural Centers
Model UN*
Internships with Government Agencies, US Department of State*
International Relations Association
Study Abroad*

*may earn academic credit for these experiences

Government

Many political science students express an interest in government careers. Majors often go on to pursue careers in city planning, federal and state legislature, and congressional positions.

POLS majors are required to take three introductory POLS courses, eight upper-division POLS courses, and four upper-division related courses to complete the POLS degree. The sample curriculum below is intended to provide an example of a course of study one might take if interested in pursuing government. These are suggested courses only. They are meant only as a tool to guide the student toward a career in government.

Sample Curriculum

Course Type Sample Courses
Introductory Courses POLS 1002: Introduction to Political Theory
POLS 1602: Introduction to American Politics
POLS 1402: Introduction to International Relations
Major Courses POLS 2622: State and Local Government
POLS 3842: Public Administration
POLS 3847: The Policy-making Process
POLS 3632: Urban Politics
POLS 3627: Connecticut State and Municipal Politics
POLS 3062: Democratic Theory
POLS 3617: American Political Economy
POLS 3622: American Political Leadership
Related Courses ECON 2431: Economics of Taxation and Government Spending
ECON 2441: Labor Economics
PP 3032: Budgeting in Public Service Organizations
COMM 4410: Government Communication
Additional Curricular and Extracurricular Activities USG
ConnPIRG
Model UN*
Model Congress
Internships*
Study Abroad*

*may earn academic credit for these experiences

Lawyers and the Legal Profession

Many political science students express an interest in law and related fields. Majors often go on to pursue careers as lawyers, paralegals, and policy analysts.

POLS majors are required to take three introductory POLS courses, eight upper-division POLS courses, and four upper-division related courses to complete the POLS degree. The sample curriculum below is intended to provide an example of a course of study one might take if interested in pursuing law. These are suggested courses only. They are meant only as a tool to guide the student toward a career in the law and legal careers.

Sample Curriculum

Course Type Sample Courses
Introductory Courses POLS 1002: Introduction to Political Theory
POLS 1602: Introduction to American Politics
POLS 1402: Introduction to International Relations
Major Courses POLS 3418: International Organizations and Law
POLS 3072: Political Protest and Ideology
POLS 3214: Comparative Social Policy
POLS 3633: Race and Policy
POLS 3807: Constitutional Rights and Liberties
POLS 3802: Constitutional Law
POLS 3817: Law and Society
POLS 3822: Law and Popular Culture
Related Courses HRTS 3200: International Human Rights Law
PHIL 3226: Philosophy of Law
SOCI 2301: Criminology
SOCI 3823: Sociology of Law
Additional Curricular and Extracurricular Activities Law Society
Moot Court
Mock Trial
Internships at law firms, Judicial Branch, CT Attorney General*

*may earn academic credit for these experiences

Non-Profit Organizations

Many political science students express an interest in non-governmental organizations or work in the non-profit sector. Majors go on to have careers as activists, advocates, and policy analysts.

POLS majors are required to take three introductory POLS courses, eight upper-division POLS courses, and four upper-division related courses to complete the POLS degree. The sample curriculum below is intended to provide an example of a course of study one might take if interested in pursuing NGO / non- profit sector jobs. These are suggested courses only. They are meant only as a tool to guide the student toward a career in NGO / Non-profit sector.

Sample Curriculum

Course Type Sample Courses
Introductory Courses POLS 1207: Introduction to Nonwestern Politics
POLS 1602: Introduction to American Politics
POLS 1402: Introduction to International Relations
Major Courses POLS 2062: Privacy in the Information Age
POLS 3214: Comparative Social Policy
POLS 3239: Politics of the Environment and Development
POLS 3430: Evaluating Human Rights Practices of Countries
POLS 3072: Political Protest and Ideology
POLS 3216: Women in Political Development
POLS 3618: Politics of Inequality
POLS 3647: Black Leadership and Civil Rights
Related Courses PP 4031: Financial Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
SOCI 2501: Sociology of Intolerance and Injustice
SOCI 2827: Revolutionary Social Movements Around the World
WGSS 3269: Women’s Movements
Additional Curricular and Extracurricular Activities ConnPIRG
EcoHusky
Internships*
Study Abroad*

*may earn academic credit for these experiences

Political Consulting

Many political science students express an interest in political consulting. Majors often go on to pursue careers as activists, campaign managers, policy analysts, and lobbyists.

POLS majors are required to take three introductory POLS courses, eight upper-division POLS courses, and four upper-division related courses to complete the POLS degree. The sample curriculum below is intended to provide an example of a course of study one might take if interested in pursuing political consulting. These are suggested courses only. They are meant only as a tool to guide the student toward a career in political consulting.

Sample Curriculum

Course Type Sample Courses
Introductory Courses POLS 1002: Introduction to Political Theory
POLS 1602: Introduction to American Politics
POLS 1402: Introduction to International Relations
Major Courses POLS 2607: American Political Parties
POLS 3602: The Presidency and Congress
POLS 3604: Congress in Theory and Practice
POLS 3612: Electoral Behavior
POLS 3613: Congressional Elections
POLS 3642: African-American Politics
POLS 3214: Comparative Social Policy
POLS 3062: Democratic Theory
Related Courses COMM 4410: Government Communication
COMM 4451: Media, State, and Society
SOCI 3821: Social Movements and Social Change
SOCI 3841: Public Opinion and Mass Communication
Additional Curricular and Extracurricular Activities ConnPIRG
Student Coalition for Social Justice
Internships with lobbying firms, political campaigns*
Study Abroad*

*may earn academic credit for these experiences

Political Journalism

Many political science students express an interest in journalism and media in politics. Majors often go on to pursue careers as journalists, reporters, and political correspondents.

POLS majors are required to take three introductory POLS courses, eight upper-division POLS courses, and four upper-division related courses to complete the POLS degree. The sample curriculum below is intended to provide an example of a course of study one might take if interested in pursuing political journalism. These are suggested courses only. They are meant only as a tool to guide the student toward a career in political journalism.

Sample Curriculum

Course Type Sample Courses
Introductory Courses POLS 1602: Introduction to American Politics
POLS 1202: Introduction to Comparative Politics
POLS 1402: Introduction to International Relations
Major Courses POLS 2062: Privacy in the Information Age
POLS 3202: Comparative Political Parties and Electoral Systems
POLS 3402: Contemporary International Politics
POLS 3625: Public Opinion
POLS 3032: American Political Thought and Ideology
POLS 3205: Voting Behavior and Public Opinion Around the World
POLS 3807: Constitutional Rights and Liberties
POLS 3850: Politics and Ethics
Related Courses JOUR 2001W: Newswriting II
JOUR 3000W: Public Affairs Reporting
JOUR 3002: Journalism Ethics
JOUR 3020: Journalism Law
Additional Curricular and Extracurricular Activities The Daily Campus
Model United Nations*
Internships with newspapers, news stations*
Study Abroad*
Undergraduate Political Review

*may earn academic credit for these experiences

Teaching

Many political science students express an interest in teaching. Majors go on to pursue teaching careers in elementary, secondary, and higher education.

POLS majors are required to take three introductory POLS courses, eight upper-division POLS courses, and four upper-division related courses to complete the POLS degree. The sample curriculum below is intended to provide an example of a course of study one might take if interested in pursuing teaching. These are suggested courses only. They are meant only as a tool to guide the student toward a career in teaching and education.

Sample Curriculum

Course Type Sample Courses
Introductory Courses POLS 1002: Introduction to Political Theory
POLS 1602: Introduction to American Politics
POLS 1202: Introduction to Comparative Politics
Major Courses POLS 2072Q: Quantitative Analysis in Political Science
POLS 3012: Modern Political Theory
POLS 3062: Democratic Theory
POLS 3082: Critical Race Theory as Political Theory
POLS 3216: Women in Political Development
POLS 3807: Constitutional Rights and Liberties
POLS 3412: Global Environmental Politics
POLS 3857: Politics, Society, and Education Policy
Related Courses EDLR 3250: Experiential Learning and Education
EDLR 3600: Educational Policy and Reform
SOCI 3471: Sociology of Education
PSYC 2400: Developmental Psychology
Additional Curricular and Extracurricular Activities JumpStart
UNESCO
Research Assistantships*
Internships*
Study Abroad*

*may earn academic credit for these experiences

94%

of 2019 UConn political science graduates report positive outcomes (employed, continuing educatino, or service) 6 months post-graduation.

Center for Career Development

UConn's Center for Career Development partners with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to prepare students for success in today’s workforce. The Center offers:

  • One-on-one coaching sessions for help with résumés, interviewing, jobs and internships, graduate school applications, and more
  • Online tools for connecting with alumni mentors as well as companies looking to recruit UConn students
  • In-person and virtual events that help students explore their career options and prepare for professional success

 
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