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Our goal is to prepare students for careers in government and politics, law, humanitarian work, teaching, research, peacemaking, and for employment in related fields such as business or missions. Political science students are trained to be proficient in quantitative and qualitative research and analysis, written communication (policy papers, legal positions, literature reviews, research papers), and oral communication (the ability to speak and listen, a skill essential for public discourse). No matter what their specific career, our graduates are prepared to exercise their skills as responsible citizens and as leaders in government, education, the community of faith, or the private-sector. Some departmental graduates go directly from college into entry-level positions while others pursue additional graduate work in fields such as political science, public administration, law, business, urban planning, or religion.
See What Can I Do with a Political Science Major?
U.C. Berkeley has compiled an excellent list of job opportunities that political science students may find helpful as they begin their careers.
Political science students at Whitworth are encouraged to pursue fellowships and scholarships as they prepare for post-baccalaureate work.
Graduates of our program have been accepted into the following graduate/professional schools, among others:
- Baylor University School of Law
- Columbia University School of Law
- Edinburgh University
- George Washington University
- Georgetown University
- Gonzaga Univeristy
- Harvard University
- Kennedy School of Government
- Hofstra University School of Law
- London School of Economics
- Oxford University
- Seattle University
- School of International Training
- School of Oriental and
- African Studies – London
- Texas A&M – Bush School of
- Government and Public Service
- Tulane University
- University of Chicago –
- Harris School of Management
- University of California
- University of Delaware
- University of Denver
- University of Iowa
- University of Montana
- University of Washington
- Willamette University
- Yale University School of Law
- York University
For assistance with decisions about majors, careers and graduate schools, please see the Whitworth Career Services website.