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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions 

What careers are available to me with a degree in Political Science?

As a traditional liberal arts degree, political science opens a wide range of career opportunities.  Indeed, it is becoming increasingly apparent to many that the liberal arts are essential to creating character, community, and understanding in an increasingly complex, technological, and diverse world.  

The Harvard Business Review notes that “people are beginning to realize that to effectively tackle today’s biggest social and technological challenges, we need to think critically about their human context” and that a grounding in the liberal arts makes this possible. Forbes magazine argues that “the major U.S. tech hubs, whether Silicon Valley or Seattle, Boston or Austin, Tex., software companies are discovering that liberal arts thinking makes them stronger” and that a liberal arts degree is “tech’s hottest ticket.”  The president of Microsoft has argued that the potential of artificial intelligence can only be achieved through linking tech and the liberal arts.  

Beyond tech, it is becoming increasingly apparent that businesses in general are clamoring for new employees who have the broad educational background that a liberal arts education gives, according to The Atlantic.   Liberal arts graduates drive “innovation in the workplace” and 74% of CEOs would like to hire those “with a 21st century liberal education” as they are “more dynamic workers.” 

Traditionally, graduates in political science have been expected to pursue careers in law, public service, teaching, practical politics, etc.  And it is true that these career paths are available to our graduates.  But it is important to understand that a degree in political science from Texas A&M University-Commerce will give you the skills necessary to succeed in any endeavor into which you put your mind and energy.   A political science education is not vocational education—rather it is helping you to develop your ability to think creatively and critically in whatever career you choose. 

But what about law school?

Many students that major in Political Science have the intention to go to law school.  In considering admissions, law schools consider GPA, LSAT scores, and the rigor of the coursework taken by the applicant, regardless of major.   The Department of Political Science at Texas A&M University-Commerce has had a great deal of success at preparing students to apply to law school and providing them the necessary intellectual skills for success once they are admitted. 

What if I want to go to graduate school?

Undergraduate students in the Department of Political Science are given the opportunity to develop the research and scholarship skills necessary for success in any graduate program to which they apply.  Working closely with dedicated faculty, students are empowered to pursue their intellectual interests within the discipline with an eye toward further education. 

A&M-Commerce undergraduates interested in the graduate program have the added benefit of the roll-over scholarship program that awards $1,000 to seniors who are accepted into the graduate program. 

Speaking of scholarships…

The Department of Political Science awards a number of scholarships through three separate endowments.  Annually, the number of recipients varies from 5 to 8 awards (depending upon endowment performance).  These scholarships are competitive awards available to all students majoring in Political Science from incoming students to graduate students.  Applications for our awards are available through the university’s scholarship application portal

Graduate students, in addition to the roll-over scholarship for A&M-Commerce students, may qualify for graduate assistantships that, in addition to helping to defray the costs associated with a graduate education, gives them the opportunity to work closely with faculty in scholarship and teaching. 

Inquiries about assistantships and anything not covered in this list should be directed to Jeffrey C. Herndon, Associate Professor and Department Head.