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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.

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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
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For more information


krassasn@easternct.edu
(860) 465-4594

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Alumni Testimonials

Quanece Williams ’16
History & Political Science

Quanece Williams ’16

Quanece is attending Cornell Law School in pursuit of a Master of Laws degree and Juris Doctorate. Previously she taught English in the Czech Republic through a Fulbright grant. Speaking of becoming an attorney, she said, “I want to be able to represent someone whose rights have been infringed upon. It’s important to advocate for those who can’t advocate for themselves.”

Morgan Considine ’16
History

Morgan Considine ’16

Morgan is a data and policy analyst with the Connecticut School Finance Project, an organization that provides nonpartisan information about education finance to state and local governments. “History is intertwined with a lot of subjects, including government. Government analyses are done from a historical perspective; we want to understand what’s been done in the past in order to inform decision making in the present.”

Leigh Generous ’19
Political Science

Leigh Generous ’19

“I worked as an intern at the Organization of American States (OAS), where hemispheric events are monitored, discussed, and analyzed in real-time. I feel incredibly lucky to be on the front lines of international relations. It was fascinating to witness transactions between the OAS and heads of state from member countries as they finalize agreements.”

Alex Cross ’12
Residential Life

Alex Cross ’12

Alex is the associate dean of student life at American International College in Springfield, MA. “My experiences as a double major and resident assistant (RA) led me to a job in the career field I wanted, helped me develop lifelong mentors, and made me marketable across the field.”

Sierra Colon ’17
Political Science

Sierra Colon ’17

Sierra interned in South Africa for the Surplus People Project, a nonprofit organization that supports farm workers. “Traveling abroad is very valuable. By living in another culture you start to understand other viewpoints, which expands your knowledge of how the world works.”

Adam Murphy ’18
Fulbright Scholar

Adam Murphy ’18

Adam won a Fulbright scholarship to study the Indonesian language on the island of Java, Indonesia. “I’m honored to have been selected for such an amazing program, which enabled me to continue learning about Indonesia and its wonderful people.” Murphy is now in a master’s program in public policy at the University of Connecticut.

Olivia Puckett ’11
General Assembly

Olivia Puckett ’11

Political Science major Olivia Puckett received her master's degree in public administration at the University of Connecticut, and is a performance auditor for the Connecticut Auditor of Public Accounts. “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

Jessica DeFelice received her master’s degree in public policy at Oregon State University and works at Penn State University as a human resource technologist. “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.”