A theoretical course that typically looks at political philosophers throughout history, and can widely range all the way from Ancient China and Greece up to the industrial revolution. Many topics will be covered, such as human rights, liberty, and laws, and the political ideology in certain time periods. Examples of popular philosophers that can be studied are Aristotle, St. Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, Ayn Rand, and John Rawls.
Politics and Public Opinion
The study of political discourse within United States communities and how that can effect elections. Survey methods can be reviewed in these courses, providing a look into how public opinion is formed within the community, the media impact, how well are citizens informed on local and important issues, and how polarization can form.
An overview of the American government and the various aspects and origins of decision making. Students explore the entire process of creating laws, ethical and legal issues within administrative law, and the positive and negative impact the American government has had. Frequently, these courses will look into the latest problems that are taking place within the government and can explore case law.
Environmental Politics and Policy
Looking at the latest developments within environmental regulations and where certain parties stand on the issue. This course will also explore how public policy has been created toward environmental issues in the past. Popular topics within these courses include global warming, how inequality around the world contributes to climate change, and potential future regulations that can help our environment.
Also known as international studies or global affairs, this course explores the intersection of policy and regulation on a worldwide scale. A wide range of topics can be explored in these courses, such as the evolution of various cultures, normative or positivist theories, and looking at institutions that are part of international relations such as third-world development banks human rights courts.
The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) has a peer-reviewed accreditation process that ensures the curriculum of a graduate program at a particular institution meets high standards in public service. Typically, requirements to get into an accredited program are a Bachelor’s degree and demonstrate prior work achievements and career goals. There are over 300 colleges around the world that have received this accreditation, and it requires annual overview of teaching capabilities and updating the curriculum to maintain high standards. While there is no Master of Political Science that is accredited directly by NASPAA, there are public administration degrees that have concentrations and electives within political science.
Within the field of journalism, correspondents create political content for news broadcasts and have a goal to inform the community on current events at various levels, both locally and internationally. In many cases, they will travel to gain an in-person perspective and retrieve further information for a specific news report. Only a Bachelor’s degree is typically required for this position, and a way to advance one’s journalism career is maintaining a growing portfolio of content and establishing a network with other broadcast media.
Works with and represents a variety of clients to determine the issues that will be negotiated during the legislation process. Not only must they gather information and data from the clients on the issues involved, but this is also analyzed to determine the impact that they will have. Lobbyists will then try to approve or eliminate the proposed legislation. There is a need for lobbyists in all levels of government, and based on specialties and locations, salary can range greatly.
One of the most common undergraduate degrees students receive before heading to law school is political science. This provides them an overview of how the government and legal system works and provides important skills such as researching cases for the client they represent, interviewing clients to present an argument for the plaintiff or defense, and closely analyzing information to see what holds up in court and the best scenario to make a case stand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, attorneys on average make around $120,900 per year.