Careers in Political Science

Next Steps: Career Preparation

Our Political Science faculty are dedicated to guiding our students onto meaningful and successful career paths, which could include professional or graduate school programs, working in government, moving into a prestigious fellowship, or landing a job in a nonprofit or the private sector. 

Because we know that coursework is enhanced when students gain actual experience in policy settings, through study abroad, by learning actively in the classroom, and by interacting with people who help define politics and policy, we integrate these activities into our program of study. We strongly encourage our students to complete off-campus internships and offer help with landing appropriate placements, and we offer one-of-a-kind learning opportunities through May Term travel courses and First Year Seminars. Bottom line: through dynamic experiential learning opportunities, rigorous coursework, and attentive advising, we help prepare students for academic success and life post-graduation. 

What can you do with a Political Science major? Redlands graduates go on to earn advanced degrees in law, management, international relations, urban planning, public administration, public policy, and political science. Our alumni are thriving in Congress, California's capital, the military, business, the Peace Corps and other service organizations, the foreign service, and our nation's intelligence community; they serve as elected officials; they are employees, professionals, and executives in non-profit organizations around the globe. Graduates of our program are researchers, teachers, career civil servants, volunteers on local governing boards, lawyers and judges, advocates, and consultants, and legislative staffers... and this is merely a sample of the possible careers for a Poli Sci major. You'll find that a liberal arts degree in Political Science prepares you for more than just a job. It's preparation for life.

Recent Graduate School Acceptances

  • Duke University

  • Johns Hopkins University

  • London School of Economics 

  • Oxford University

  • University of California, Los Angeles

  • University of California, Irvine

  • George Washington University

Recent Law School Acceptances

  • Yale University
  • American University
  • Cornell University
  • Berkeley (Boalt Hall)
  • Harvard University 
  • Stanford University
  • University of Chicago 
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Washington

Recent Graduate Careers

  • Public service and public administration at the international, national, state and local levels

  • Posts in the Foreign Service: CIA, FBI, State Department

  • Research and consulting for government agencies: Mathematica

  • Non-profit and multinational organizations: Peace Corps, Teach for America, CORO

  • Teaching at universities and secondary schools (including Cal State Channel Islands)

  • All types of law practice, journalism, social service, and business