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Majoring in one of the liberal arts (English, History, Philosophy, Political Science, etc.) does not prepare one for A career; it prepares one for several by emphasizing:

  • Analysis
  • Research skills;
  • Clear, succinct, and focused writing and communication skills;
  • Problem-solving;
  • The application of ideas to practical problems;
  • Flexibility and adaptability; and
  • Curiosity about the world at large.

Liberal arts majors do get jobs. They are qualified for almost any entry level white collar job that does not require specific scientific or technical skills. Many employers hire liberal arts majors over other majors because their educational background makes them easy to train and their knowledge of history and culture assist them in dealing with clients and dealing with new market trends. Remember sportscaster James Brown, he graduated from Harvard University with a degree in political science.

A 2009 survey published by the Wall Street Journal indicated that the starting salaries of political science majors (median=$40,800) were higher than those of many other majors—including many business majors.

Political science majors may be found working for state and local government, the federal government, think tanks, political parties, nonprofit organizations, and businesses. They are analysts, lawyers, Peace Corps volunteers, teachers, civil servants, staff members, Foreign Service officers, public relations officers, journalists, fund raisers, editors, and sales representatives.