Freshman

Course Selection

  • POLI 1090 American Government in a Multicultural World

Ask for Assistance

  • Be sure that you start your time at Auburn well by regularly meeting with your academic advisors and consult them when you have concerns about admission to particular classes or need more information about class requirements
  • Don’t be shy...visit your instructors during office hours and ask questions if you need clarification on something in class.

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Gain Experience

  • Use Handshake to explore employers actively hiring in your field and search part-time jobs that can add experience to your résumé.

Get Involved

  • Service organizations, honor societies, social organizations, and professional societies all provide leadership opportunities and valuable real-world experience for students. Quality involvement is encouraged over quantity involvement.
  • Seek out student organizations catering to your individual interests by utilizing AUInvolve

Sophomore

Course Selection

  • POLI 3000 Research Methods
  • Political Theory class to complete the group/political theory requirement.
  • Consider taking a class in two of the following areas: Comparative Politics, International Relations, Public Administration, Public Law and Conflict resolution or American politics.

Ask for Assistance

  • Take advantage of Study Partners, SI sessions, and the academic coaching in the Office of Academic Support.
  • The Miller Writing Center can help with your writing assignments and all other writing assistance you may need.
  • Research potential employers in your chosen field; research graduate programs of interest.

Gain Experience

  • Research internship opportunities and study abroad options related to your major, your career goals, or your graduate school goals.
  • Use LinkedIn to identify past graduates in your major and set up informational interviews and shadowing opportunities to gain further understanding of your major in the world of work.

Get Involved

  • If you have law school aspirations, consider joining the AU Mock Trial Team.
  • You are encouraged to augment your POLI degree with a minor in an area of interest that will enhance your skills for a chosen career, graduate, or professional school path.

Junior

Course Selection

  • Complete two to three POLI classes in the fall and spring to complete the concentration mix, count toward a specific POLI concentration, and count toward some POLI electives.

Ask for Assistance

  • Meet with someone in the University Career Center (UCC) to explore career options and receive individualized assistance
  • Plan for graduate school, take the GRE or LSAT in a timely manner.
  • Visit potential graduate program campuses. Create a job search plan or a graduate school plan and include important deadlines for applications.

Gain Experience

  • Study abroad, complete an internship, or consider part-time work directly related to your future career goals.
  • Explore research opportunities if graduate school is your desired path.

Get Involved

  • Pursue leadership roles in your organizations to exercise and enhance your communication skills.
  • Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, has a chapter at Auburn. Initiations are conducted twice a year, and applications and eligibility requirements are available in the POLI department office in 7080 Haley

Senior

Course Selection

  •  Complete the POLI concentration and POLI elective groups.

Ask for Assistance

  • Begin narrowing your career path interests or your graduate school options.
  • Send out résumés and graduate school applications. Keep as many options open as possible.

Gain Experience

  • Complete a study abroad experience, internship and/or part-time work related to your field, if you haven’t already participated in one of those areas.
  • Consider conducting undergraduate research to enhance your résumé for graduate school.

Get Involved

  • Connect with AU alumni and stakeholders to enhance professional opportunities

General Information

Political Science is an experience heavy field. A prospective graduate should maximize their time at Auburn by taking advantage of experiential opportunities as much as you are able. The field can be terminal at the bachelor level of education, but some specialties will require graduate education.

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Interests

Holland's Code: ESI

  • Enterprising
  • Social
  • Investigative

Personality

Most common* Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality types found in this major, in no particular order:

  • ENTJ
  • ENFP
  • ESTJ

*Every MBTI type is found in every major, these are the most highly concentrated

Values

  • Achievement
  • Working Conditions
  • Recognition

Skills

  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Writing
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking

Job and Internship Opportunities

RSS Sample of Positions Currently Listed on Handshake Hiring Political Science Majors

Meet your Career Contacts

University Career Center Liaison

Tasheila Williams-Townsend, EdS

Interim Associate Director, Career Development

tjw0024@auburn.edu

Make an Appointment

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Last modified: September 30, 2021