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Political Science


Daniella Ashibuogwu completed legislative internships with the Indiana State Senate and Ice Miller LLP in Indianapolis prior to landing her first job with Lincoln Financial Group.

Majoring in Political Science

Political science uses both humanistic and scientific perspectives and skills to study governments, public policies, and political behavior in the United States and around the world. Students majoring in Political Science select one area of specialization from four traditional sub-fields:
American Political Systems, Processes, and Behavior
Comparative Political Systems, Processes, and Behavior
International Relations
Public Policy and Political Theory


Upon completion of the program, Political Science majors may choose graduate school or employment in an industry, which may or may not be related to their interest in Political Science. Student experiences have included:

  • Lobbyist/Legislative Affairs
  • Journalist
  • Policy Advisor
  • Government Administration
  • Research Analyst
  • Non-governmental Organizations and Non-profit Administrators
  • Business Consulting
  • Law School
  • Graduate or Professional School

Average Starting Salary: $42,871

All Purdue University College of Liberal Arts majors prepare students with the skills identified as contributing to professional success: communicating and listening well, an understanding and appreciation of diverse points of view, creative thinking and problem solving, a collaborative mindset, the ability to synthesize complex ideas and communicate them clearly, and a Boilermaker work ethic.

Within the field of Political Science, students develop skills that are applicable to many different careers. These skills may include, but are not limited to:

  • An awareness and understanding of current affairs and their implication.
  • Ability to interpret the policies, public issues, and legislation of governments, businesses, and organizations and use that information to effectively communicate with a large variety of constituents.
  • Planning, directing, and conducting surveys and using analytical or scientific software to compile and analyze data.
  • Collecting information and making judgements through observation, interviews, and review of documents.
  • Producing research results for publication through written reports, academic publications, or public presentations.

Political Science majors may choose to enter into the workforce using the skills they have acquired at Purdue or to attend graduate school upon completion of their degree. Past graduates have gone on to:


  • Mitsubishi Financial Services
  • Lincoln Financial
  • C-SPAN
  • Coyote Logistics
  • US Department of Defense

Graduate School

  • American University
  • University of Colorado
  • John Marshall Law School
  • Marquette University
  • University of Mississippi

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