Top Political Science Colleges

As a political science major, you’ll gain the skills needed to analyze the contemporary political landscape, the formation of public policy, and the mechanisms of local, state, and federal governments. You may choose from among a host of specialty areas including: American Politics, Political Theory, Comparative Politics, International Relations, or Race, Ethnicity and Politics.

Earning a degree in political science will prepare students for careers in a wide array of careers including law (with further study), government, journalism, secondary school teacher, advertising, and business as well as a number of other diverse vocational tracks.

What do you need to make it in a Political Science program?

Political Science majors need to possess strong research, writing, and analytical abilities. The ability to read large quantities of complex text and organize, compose, and orally communicate your thoughts will be developed over the course of your academic program.

Your Political Science College Checklist:

  • For those who wish to attend law school, how do top J.D.-granting institutions view your prospective undergraduate colleges?
  • Does your school's location provide advantages for internships and future employment (i.e. Washington D.C. or near a state capital)?
  • What connections does your college have to government agencies and political organizations? Do they have a wide and active alumni network?
  • Do they offer your particular area of interest within the political science field?
  • Do professors allow undergraduates to assist them with research projects?
  • What type of guest speakers in the field appear on campus?
  • Is a senior thesis/research project required?
  • For those who wish to enter academia, how do graduate programs in political science view your prospective undergraduate institution?

The Top Political Science Colleges & Universities

While political science is a major that can lead to a myriad of employment opportunities, those that wish to work in high levels of government, journalism, or academia will find heavy competition. Schools that are held in particularly high regard by professionals, employers and students include Georgetown, Columbia, and George Washington University. For a complete list of College Transitions Top Political Science Colleges and Universities, click here.

*College lists are compiled on the basis of counselor interviews, guide books, exhaustive internet searches (of college and departmental websites), and data provided by The College Board and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).


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