Prepare to lead your fellow citizens toward a better future with a major in Political Science.

Major Roadmap

Major Roadmap

Explore your options — classes, internships, research and study abroad. Find what interests you, discover what you love, and create a major experience that jumpstarts your future. 

Political Science Major Guide

You’ll study how people obtain and use power at the local, state, national and international level. You may decide to become an attorney, a journalist, a campaign manager, a lobbyist or foreign service officer. Work for an elected representative — or run for office yourself one day. Your Political Science major will prepare you to make bold, strategic decisions grounded in your values.

Austin, the capital of Texas, is the ideal place to study politics at the local or state level. Understand how policy is made in the nation’s 11th-largest city by interning with a city council member or in the mayor’s office. Work for a state senator or representative during the biannual Texas legislative session, where you’ll learn how a bill becomes a law (or doesn’t). Austin is the home base for nonprofits and advocacy groups that work to shape state laws that affect children, the environment, and dozens of different industries – so you’ll also have the chance to learn how to lobby for a cause you care about.

If you have your sights set on the nation’s capital, your success coach and professors will help you find an internship in Washington, D.C. Wherever you go, you’ll have the critical-thinking, writing, public speaking and people skills you need to make a difference.

What do our graduates do?

Political Science majors go on to a variety of careers and graduate schools from St. Edward’s. Here’s a sample.

  • Foreign service officer for the U.S. Department of State
  • Judicial law clerk at Court of Appeals for the First District of Texas
  • Asylum and immigration attorney
  • Health policy and advocacy director for Young Invincibles
  • Director of marketing for FILA North America
  • Law students at The University of Texas at Austin, the University of Pennsylvania and George Washington University
  • Graduate students at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, Georgetown University and New York University

From Campus to Capitol

From Campus to Capitol

See how Political Science major Skylar Garza ’19 used his internship and volunteer work to shape his St. Edward’s experience.