If law, politics, and policymaking are of interest to you, then you may be interested in pursuing a career in a political science field. Political science degrees are often the starting point for attorneys, lobbyists, and public relations professionals. Students learn how to address questions of power and injustice in the modern world while deepening their political literacy and communication skills. Here is a closer look at the doors that are opened to you with a degree in political science.
As we approach the 2020 U.S. presidential election, our collective interest in public sector activities remains incredibly strong. With so many changes occurring within the federal government and daily stories breaking about public organizations and agencies, it truly feels like both an important and enriching time to be associated with (or at least “in the know” about) government in America. Elected officials, top cabinet members, and appointees receive the lion’s share of the spotlight, so they must run the government—right?
Well…yes and no.
For many Americans, election security is a top-of-mind concern. According to a report published by the Brennan Center for Justice, a nonpartisan law and policy institute, the cyberattacks in 2016 highlighted large weaknesses in voting systems across the country, further exposing our elections to outside influence.
Do police officers and criminal investigators need a college degree? What are the benefits of a graduate criminal justice degree? After 20 years in the field, I believe I know the answer. But before I give you my advice, I’d like to share my personal journey with you.
How it All Begins
For those of you who have been in the criminal justice profession for a while or those just beginning a search in the profession, it begins internally with a desire to answer a calling.
On a Thursday night in June of 2017, I found myself staring down the barrel of a handgun, aiming at a distant paper target. I had never held a gun before in my life. My range officer had his hand on my shoulder to keep me steady. Peering through the sight, I lined it up and pulled the trigger. It had more resistance than I imagined and the kickback, though minor, sent a shock down my spine.
During a visit to the Johnson & Wales University Providence campus last month, Philip Beekman, the Diplomat in Residence for New England, spoke to a group of students about a career in diplomacy through U.S. Department of State.
Explore the diverse landscape of public service with an MPA.
This online Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree is designed for students with professional goals related to the management of public service organizations. Students in this program will study leadership, personnel management, policy evaluation, and ethical governance practices. This online program links theory, policy, and practice, giving students the opportunity to learn and utilize skills required for leadership positions in both the public and third sectors.