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Political Science Programs
Political Science studies power relationships. The word politics has its origins in the Greek word, politika which involves people making collective decisions. Political scientists use statistical methods, measurements and research analysis to study power relationships.
The Political Science Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) teaches people how to gather, analyze and organize data that can be used by leaders to make sound public policy.
Political scientists help decision-makers create public policy. Specific tasks include urban planning, social services and business regulation. Political scientists publish academic reports, research articles, and books too.
These are the typical courses that are required for a Political Science PhD:
These are some minor areas of study:
- Elections (Voting)
- International Relations (Foreign Policy)
- Municipal Services
- Political Economy
- Public Policy Administration
Accreditation for Teaching Institutions
A Doctorate s value depends upon the quality of the teaching institution issuing the diploma. Due to the vast amount of time, energy and money invested in acquiring a PhD, it is wise to ensure that the school is accredited. The United States Department of Education regulates accrediting agencies.
The following is a list of some accreditation organizations:
- Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
- Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
- Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
There are also six regional accreditation organizations.
PhD Job Prospects
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that the number of jobs for Political Science Doctors will increase faster than average because many political scientists are reaching retirement age.
Political scientists must be able to think logically, read analytically, and communicate effectively.
Political science PhD s are valuable for administrators, economists, journalists, lawyers, managers, political activists, politicians, professors, social scientists, sociologists, teachers, and urban planners.
Here are the most common employers:
- Community organizations
- Government (employs six out of ten Political Science PhD holders)
- Legal firms
- Political parties
- Social advocacy groups
- Think tanks
The Political Science Doctor will primarily work for either a government or school in office and field environments.
Most office environments will be clean and well-lit; political scientists will research, analyze and publish their conclusions.
During political campaigns, these experts will conduct public opinion surveys, write press releases, and raise funds at all times of the day and on weekends.
Professors will primarily teach students, and write course curriculum. Teachers have flexibility in their schedules, usually with evenings, weekends and the summer free.
The BLS estimates that the average salary for a Political Scientist Doctor (May 2008) was $104,130.
Political scientists can advance their careers by becoming administrators, consultants, judges, lawmakers, and politicians.
Here are some online offerings:
Euclid Intergovernmental University
New York, NY 10017
Degree: Doctor of Diplomacy and International Affairs
George Washington University
Washington, DC 20052
Degree: Political Science PhD
Baltimore, MD 21202-4346
Degree: Public Policy and Administration PhD
Institutions offering Political Science PhD s: