With the analytical, evaluative and communication skills you learn in your political science department courses, you will be in high demand for employers in our increasingly service-based, post-industrial economy. Skills like these will give you a wide range of career options. Explore just a few of the career paths graduates from the political science department have taken.

Graduates from the department have worked in:

Professional schools:
Graduate Programs:
  • Johns Hopkins University's Paul Nitze School for Advanced International Studies
  • The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University
  • The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University
  • The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan
  • Pepperdine University
  • The Elliot School of International Affairs at the George Washington University
  • Bush School of Government and Public Service
  • Yale University
  • Northwestern University
  • Ohio State University
  • The University of North Carolina
Non-Profit Work:
  • The U.S. Congress (as staff in House and Senate offices)
  • U.S. Department of Labor
  • U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)
  • Federal Reserve Board
  • U.S. Social Security Administration
  • Peace Corps
  • Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
  • Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT)
  • United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
  • The Michigan legislature (as staff and as elected members)
  • Legal Aid of West Michigan
  • International Justice Mission
  • Institute for Global Engagement
  • Teach for America
  • Mennonite Central Committee
  • Campus Crusade for Christ
  • Association for a Just Society
  • Sunshine Gospel Ministries in Chicago
  • World Vision

Graduates from the department have attended:

Law schools:
  • Yale
  • Harvard
  • Stanford
  • Columbia
  • Chicago
  • Pennsylvania
  • Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • Duke
  • Virginia
  • Cornell
  • Georgetown
  • California-Los Angeles
  • Texas-Austin
  • Vanderbilt
  • Southern California
  • Washington
  • Boston
  • Emory
  • Minnesota
  • Indiana-Bloomington
  • Illinois
  • Notre Dame