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A general program that focuses on the systematic study of political institutions and behavior. includes instruction in political philosophy, political theory, comparative government and politics, political parties and interest groups, public opinion, political research methods, studies of the government and politics of specific countries, and studies of specific political institutions and processes.
School with the highest reported median starting salary ($64K) with a Bachelor's Degree: Dartmouth College
Have completions for political science and government changed over time? Increasing completions may mean you'll likely have an easier time finding a school that offers this degree, with the opposite being true as well.
How are students who recently completed a degree in political science and government doing?
Below is the distribution of starting salaries along with accumulated federal and private education loans across schools that offer a degree in the field politics, which includes
political science and government.
Distribution: political science and government majors' salaries by education level
What is the salary distribution for graduates with a bachelor's inpolitical science and government by the level of their highest degree (Graduate degrees may not be in the same field as the bachelor’s)
We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.
Education level of workers with a bachelor's in political science and government
Is a bachelor's degree going to be sufficient to make you competative in the job market? We can look at the education level of workers with a bachelors in this degree to see if there is a likely need for a graduate degree. You'll also want to check out the careers section on this page to where they are employed.
This chart shows the level of education of workers with a bachelor's degree in political science and government. The worker's graduate degree may have been completed in a different field.
Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree
About 51% of political science and government majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (possibly of a different major). The percentage of political science and government majors who also earned a graduate degree is higher than about 85% of other fields.
Top careers for those with a degree in political science and government
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Government (which combines 5 programs), though may not be limited to just those with a bachelor’s.
The top ten careers for workers with a bachelor's in political science and government
Take a minute to interact with this sankey diagram. Follow the top ten jobs held by political science and government graduates through to their most hired majors. Learn where it may easiest to find work. Expand the careers to explore other majors that might lead to the job that excites you the most. *For many majors, the top ten jobs don't even include half of graduates!*
What careers hire political science and government majors as one of their top 10?
To the left of this diagram, see all careers that hire political science and government majors as one of their top 10 majors, and on the right, see what proportion of openings for the jobs on the left are filled by political science and government majors.
Explore schools that offer political science and government degrees and certificates
You can use this table to find schools that offer this program based on location and program level offered. Each entry goes to a school page similar to this one with all our information about that school.
Understanding the columns
The school list includes a few facts about each school that give you an
idea of the educational quality each school might offer:
Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor
suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.
Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students
should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).
Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough
to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.
We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by
full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually.
Offering this program at this level
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1195 schools offer this award at any level in the selected area.
Careers for political science and government majors
political science and government is part of a larger collection of programs: Politics and Geography. Is there a different program that's close to political science and government that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.
Here is an overview of race/origin for all political science and government graduates from this last academic year. We found a higher percentage of international graduates in this program than in 52% of other programs.