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A unique combination of classroom theory and real-world experience makes Political Science Graduates particularly well-suited for careers in public service, law, diplomacy, journalism, the military, and teaching.

Beyond providing detailed knowledge of the political world, training in political science helps the student think clearly and communicate effectively - skills that are required in any career. The study of political science enhances students’ abilities to be effective citizens.

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Top Employers

Top employers of Chapman graduates from this program include: US Air Force, US Department of State, Disney, US Homeland Security, US Department of Justice, counties and cities (Orange,) school districts, higher education institutions (Chapman University, Loyola Marymount University, UC Irvine)

Career Paths

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Possible Occupations

Government Careers

  • Working for elected officials
  • The Military
  • The Bureaucracy
    • Examples:
      • FBI
      • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
      • Drug Enforcement Agency
      • Department of State
        • S. Foreign Service
      • Veteran Affairs
      • Securities and Exchange Committee (SEC)
      • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
      • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
      • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
      • Congressional Budget Office
      • Government Accountability Office
    • Peace Corps

Private Sector Jobs

  • Campaigns and Elections
  • Business and Finance
    • Global trade
  • Nonprofits, nongovernmental organizations, and foundations
    • Examples used:
      • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
      • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
      • American Red Cross and International Red Cross
      • Doctors Without Borders
      • CARE International

Think Tanks

  • Media
  • Teaching
  • Academics
    • Examples:
      • American Enterprise Institute
      • Cato Institute
      • Center for American Progress
      • Brookings Institution
      • Carter Institute
      • Freedom House
      • RAND


Popular industries for political science graduates to enter include:
  • Government
  • Private Sector
  • Think Tank
  • Business
  • Media
  • Education

Next Steps After your Bachelor's

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Continuing Your Education

Common higher education paths for Political Science graduates include:

Master’s Degrees

  • Political Science
  • Security Studies
  • Foreign Service
  • International Studies
  • American Government
  • Public Policy
  • Public Administration
  • Political Management
  • Global Public Policy


  • Ph.D
  • Law School

Organizations and Networking

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Professional Organizations

  • American Political Science Association
  • Pi Sigma Alpha
  • Political Studies Association American Politics Group
  • Sigma Iota Rho


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Wilkinson College Career Advising

Erin is available for appointments Monday-Friday between 9 - 5

Meet your Career Advisor

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Erin Berthon
Wilkinson College Career Advisor
Roosevelt Hall 105
(714) 628-7255

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