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Political Science Major

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Why Study Political Science?

Political science majors study how laws are made. They learn the comparative structures of governments across the world. They also learn about public policy and its impact on society and the economy. Political science majors are prepared to pursue careers in public policy and administration, law, diplomacy, international development and foreign relations, environmental and gender politics, academia and socioeconomic research or campaign studies.

Why Study Political Science at Eastern?

Eastern’s Political Science major combines a core of political science courses with an internship or study abroad requirement to provide professional and analytical skills. Students gain an understanding of domestic and international political processes through classroom discussion; guest speakers and special events; political debates; and a review of current political issues. The major includes a track for students seeking certification to teach high school social studies. A Political Science minor is also available to other majors.

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Salary Potential

$62,000

Median salary Public Administration

$65,000

Median salary Public Policy

Hands-on Learning

Members of the Pre-Law Society

Clubs

Political science students run student clubs such as the Pre-Law Society, Campus Republicans, Campus Democrats, the Conservatives/Libertarians, and Campus Radicals that allow them to develop their own political platforms. 

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Internships

Internship options include the State of Connecticut and municipalities, the federal government in Washington, D.C., local law firms, and international opportunities.  Political Science students also conduct and present their research on public policy.

Members of the Alpha Beta Gamma honor society

Honor Society

The Alpha Beta Gamma chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national Political Science honor society, provides students with membership to the national professional society focused on political science and government.

Career Options

  • Diplomacy
  • Foreign service and international relations
  • Grassroots activism
  • Healthcare administration
  • Law school
  • Lobbying organizations
  • Political campaigns
  • Public opinion polling
  • Public policy
  • Working with elected officials

Successful Alumni

Recent Eastern students who earned a bachelor’s degree or a minor in political science are at the following companies and professional/graduate schools:

  • Connecticut General Assembly
  • Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance
  • S. Coast Guard
  • Department of Public Health
  • CIGNA
  • London School of Economics
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Duke University
  • Syracuse University
For more information


krassasn@easternct.edu
(860) 465-4594

Alumni Testimonials

Olivia Puckett ’11
General Assembly

Olivia Puckett ’11

Political Science major Olivia Puckett is a payroll specialist in the Connecticut General Assembly, as well as a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in public administration. “I hope to use my education and legislative experience in obtaining an analyst or manager position in the legislature.”

Jessica DeFelice ’16
Public Policy

Jessica DeFelice ’16

Political Science and Economics double-major Jessica DeFelice is pursuing a master’s degree in public policy at Oregon State University. “Eastern’s rigorous academic training provided me with the skills to successfully conduct research and proficiently author and present arguments. I look forward to a career of shaping policy in the public and nonprofit sectors.”

Tess Candler ’18
Financial Analyst

Tess Candler ’18

Political Science and Economics double-major Tess is an associate financial analyst at Cognex Corporation. “Eastern was a great place to develop my research skills because professors are truly interested in working with students. Whenever I approached a professor about independent study, I was met with enthusiasm. The fact that Eastern is a small, primarily undergraduate school contributed to that environment.”