Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Political Science BS

Program Overview

The political science major integrates the traditional fields of American government and international relations in order to prepare students for a life and career in an increasingly globalized world. The major includes three tracks of study – politics and life sciences, digital politics and organization, and political institutions. Students can study the influence of biology and biotechnology on how we understand ourselves as human beings and citizens, or they can examine the use of information technology for political purposes. The major prepares principled leaders and responsible citizens for careers in the public and private sectors.

Through exciting tracks in politics and life sciences, digital politics and organization, and political institutions, students study the influence of recent advances in biology and biotechnology on how we understand ourselves as human beings and citizens, or the use of information technology for political organization and communication. There are few undergraduate political science majors in the country that so fully incorporate both these fields into their curricula, including the opportunity to take courses from the biology and information technology departments as part of their program requirements. 

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science


  • Approximately 36 students are enrolled in this program

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Co-op is optional for this program
  • Minimum co-op requirement: N/A
  • Co-op availability: Second year summer through Third Year summer-fall block

Salary Information

Co-op:    ID
BS:          ID

Student Skills & Capabilities

Writing & communications skills, critical thinking, problem recognition, creative problem solving, cooperative analysis, Oxford debating skills.

Professional/Technical Skills
Scenario planning, decision analysis, legal analysis, data analysis, grand strategy.

Training / Qualifications

Jobseekers who have earned a bachelor’s degree can benefit from internships or volunteer work when looking for entry-level positions in political science or a related field. Internships can give students a chance to apply their academic knowledge in a professional setting and to develop the analytic, research, and writing skills needed for the field. Jobseekers with a bachelor’s degree in political science usually qualify for entry-level positions in a related field, such as assistants or research assistants for research organizations, political campaigns, or nonprofit organization. They may also qualify for some government positions.

Job Titles

Government Affairs Manager, Grant Writer, Political Analyst, Political Lobbyist, Labor Relations Specialist, City Planner, Senate Intern, Military Police, Paralegal.

Significant Points

  • Students may pursue a double major in political science and a secondary area. Students have combined political science with a double major in diverse fields such as computer science, criminal justice, economics, and philosophy.
  • An accelerated 4+1 option is available for students who wish to earn a BS in political science and an MBA. The option is offered in conjunction with Saunders College of Business and allows students to obtain both degrees in five years of study.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

National Association of the Deaf, U.S. Consular Agency in Genova, Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation, Northeastern Univ, US Senate, Thomas & Solomon, National Guard.

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Lisa Monette, the career services coordinator who works with the Political Science program. You can access information about services through our web site at
Lisa Monette, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.7413; 585.475.2301
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center . 57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603