Why Political Science?
- 1As a Political Science major, you will gain insight into the role of government and political behavior in societies of the past and present, which will also help you further develop your professional and civic judgment.
- 2With a degree in Political Science, you will be prepared to pursue careers in business, teaching, foreign services, government service, media, law, and more.
- 3According to the United States Department of Labor, Political Scientists make an average of $107,420 a year, making the career the 18th highest paying occupation in the United States.
Careers in Political Science
- Foreign Service Officer
- Management Consultant
- Marketing Executive
- Political Aide
- Political Campaign Worker
- Political Scientist
Alumni Graduate Schools
- University of Notre Dame Law School
- Indiana University School of Law
- WIlliam & Mary Law School
- Washington University School of Law
- University of Kentucky
- University of Chicago
- University of Mississippi
Why Study Political Science at Saint Joseph's College?
Breadth and depth of study characterizes the experience of students in Political Science. Students are able to specialize in:
- American Politics: focuses on the formal and informal institutions of the American political system and teaches students to analyze current policy issues
- Comparative and International Politics: focuses on other governments and political institutions
- Political Theory: focuses on political ideas from the ancient to the contemporary world
SJC Political Science students gain hands-on experience both inside and outside of the classroom. For example, students gain experience by working with our faculty. Our Political Science faculty members undertake research with their students. Recently, this research has led to the publication of a death penalty case abstract, a conference presentation, and the submission of a manuscript to a peer reviewed journal. SJC Political Science students also visit places such as the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston and the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in California. During the semester and summer months, internship opportunities in Washington, DC are available.
Dedication to Excellence
Many Political Science majors attend law school after earning their undergraduate degree. Our majors have attended law schools such as Notre Dame, Indiana University, William and Mary, Washington University, St. Louis University, and New York University. Recent graduates have also been accepted into graduate programs at the University of Chicago, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Mississippi. Our students’ reoccurring success speaks for the strength of our program.
Faculty and Class Size
Our Department of Political Science consists of faculty who hold doctoral degrees in their fields of expertise from institutions such as University of Notre Dame and Washington University – St. Louis. Classes range between 15 and 25 students to assure that students are not just another face in the crowd.