Political Science at NU

If you have any questions about NU’s Political Science Program (major or minor) feel free to contact me:  (jjageman@norwich.edu)

Are you interested in American politics? International Relations and International Affairs? Comparative Politics? Political Theory and Philosophy? What are the duties and obligations of citizenship? What is justice? What is power? To what extent do institutions shape political behavior? If these questions intrigue you, then you should select political science as your major at Norwich University.  The study of politics has been an integral part of higher education since the Greek philosopher Plato (427 – 347 B.C.) founded “The Academy” around 387 B.C. Political Science has been called the “royal art” and the “queen of the sciences.” It is interesting to note that the Greek word “idiot” was used to refer to individuals who took no interest in the affairs of the state. Millennia later, it is no less important that individuals learn about and participate in politics and government.

Why should the student study at Norwich?

Norwich University challenges students to live the Norwich motto, Essayons! –  “I will try,” which means perseverance in the face of adversity. Whether you are a traditional student or serve in the Corps of Cadets, you will learn to balance a rigorous academic schedule in addition to serving the Norwich University community at large. Our vision is that as a learning community Norwich University will engage students in personal and intellectual transformation. We are dedicated to inculcating knowledge, mutual respect, creativity and service.

Students are encouraged to study abroad or engage in local, state, and national-level internships. Students will find ample opportunities to participate in clubs and activities related to their studies. For example, students can participate in the intercollegiate Harvard Model United Nations competition every winter. Our Political Science Club (POLITEIA) is an active campus organization that hosts debates, lectures, discussions and organizes campus-wide events. Students interested in law can join the newly formed Pre-Law Society to which I serve as faculty advisor.

Careers in Political Science

The study of political science at Norwich University will sharpen the student’s analytical, communication, and research skills. Acquiring these skills will help open doors to a wide spectrum of exciting career opportunities. While many graduates from Norwich University Political Science commission in the armed forces, graduates can be found attending graduate school, law school or working in the field of politics as an interest group advocate or as a local or state legislator. The following are a sample of careers for political scientists prepared by the American Political Science Association:

Activist, Advocate/Organizer
Administration, Corporate, Government, Non-Profit, etc.
Archivist, Online Political Data
Budget Examiner or Analyst
Banking Analyst or Executive
Campaign Operative
Career Counselor
CIA Analyst or Agent
City Planner
City Housing Administrator
Congressional Office/Committee Staffer
Coordinator of Federal or State Aid
Communications Director
Corporate Analyst
Corporate Public Affairs Advisor
Corporate Economist
Corporate Manager
Corporate Information Analyst
Corporate Adviser for Govt’l. Relations
Corporate Executive
Corporation Legislative Issues Manager
Customs Officer
Editor, Online Political Journal
Federal Government Analyst
Financial Consultant
Foreign Service Officer
Foundation President
Free-lance writer
High School Government Teacher
Immigration Officer
Information Manager
Intelligence Officer
International Agency Officer
International Research Specialist
Issues Analyst, Corporate Social Policy Div.
Juvenile Justice Specialist
Labor Relations Specialist
Legislative Analyst / Coordinator
Management Analyst
Plans and Review Officer, USIA
Policy Analyst
Political Commentator
Public Affairs Research Analyst
Public Opinion Analyst
Research Analyst
State Legislator
Survey Analyst
Systems Analyst
University Administrator
University Professor
Urban Policy Planner
Web Content Editor

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