1. What is the Politics & International Affairs major?
2. What careers interest students in this major?
3. What skills are developed within this major?
4. What Politics & International Affairs resources are available?
5. Where have Wake Forest graduates landed jobs with this major?
6. Where can I get more information about the Politics & International Affairs major?
Are you interested in American politics, international affairs, domestic developments in other parts of the world and political theory? Do you want to study these subjects and pursue a career based on your interests? If so, you should consider political science as a major. Political science is the study of government, public policies and political behavior. Political science uses both humanistic perspectives and scientific skills to examine the United States and all countries and regions of the world.
As a politics & international affairs major, you will hone the writing, communications, analytical and computer skills that are critical to a liberal arts education. The courses offered in the politics & international affairs department will prepare you to think critically and independently, with tolerance for others and concern for current affairs.
Majoring in politics & international affairs can qualify you for many different careers in private for-profit and nonprofit organizations, as well as public sector organizations. Students often pursue careers in business; law; consulting; state, local, and federal government; journalism and communications; international organization; finance; polling and campaign management; community service and non-governmental organizations (NGOs); and pre-college and college teaching.
Political science training also provides valuable preparation for participating in community organizations, electoral politics, movements on behalf of specific policies, and for seeking elective or administrative positions in government. While many of these are voluntary activities, participation in them develops skills and creates opportunities for career success.
Careers that often interest Politics & International Affairs majors include:
Chief Financial Officer
CIA /FBI Agent
Commercial Real Estate Agent
Foreign Service Officer
Human Resources Specialist
Labor Relations Specialist
Peace Corp Volunteer
Public Relations Specialist
Public Service Worker
Skills developed within this major include: skillful at speaking, reading, and writing; ability to effectively communicate ideas; able to associate with people with differing beliefs; skilled at developing personal thoughts/theories; ability to assess crises and problem solve; awareness of community needs; quantitative literacy (ability to calculate, interpret and present statistical data using statistical software programs); and propensity to be a leader.
American Association of Political Consultants
Association of Government Relations Professionals
American Political Science Association
Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
The Gallup Poll
Center for Responsive Politics
Government Accountability Project
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For more information about the Politics & International Affairs major, visit the WFU Department of Political Science.