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Political science students gain a versatile set of skills that can be applied in a wide range of careers in federal, state and local governments and also in law, business, international organizations, nonprofit associations, campaign management, polling, journalism, education, and research.

More importantly, a political science degree provides general skills that employers in every field value: critical reading, information gathering and analysis, oral and written communication. It also is excellent preparation for pursuing an advanced degree. Because of the importance of policymaking and regulation in so many fields, political science complements advanced training in law, engineering, planning, journalism, science, public health, and other professions.

Why Study at Iowa? 

Iowa's political science program is ranked among the best in the country by U.S.News & World Report. As a political science student, you'll acquire a firm grounding in American politics and in political thought and action, and you'll have the opportunity to learn about international aspects of politics. You'll be able to choose from the department's wide selection of optional emphasis areas, and you'll benefit from its focus on honors and research, including opportunities for undergraduates to work directly with faculty members.

Department of Political Science faculty members are well known for their scholarship. You’ll see your professors on panels or as commentators for local and national media, and you'll read their remarks in newspapers and other publications.

Because of Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses, you’ll have a front-row seat to the American presidential election process, with unprecedented access to candidates, who make frequent stops on campus and in Iowa City. You’ll also have opportunities to work on local, state, and national campaigns; conduct exit polls; or help produced the nationally recognized "Hawkeye Poll."

According to the American Political Science Association  (http://www.apsanet.org/RESOURCES/For-Students):

Political science is the study of governments, public policies and political processes, systems, and political behavior. Political science subfields include political theory, political philosophy, political ideology, political economy, policy studies and analysis, comparative politics, international relations, and a host of related fields. Political scientists use both humanistic and scientific perspectives and tools and a variety of methodological approaches to examine the process, systems, and political dynamics of all countries and regions of the world.