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Careers in Political Science




Portrait of Jeffrey DeChristopher

“I really enjoyed—and benefited—from the flexibility I had in choosing from a wide range of courses to satisfy my graduation requirements. The true breadth of potential career paths a graduate from the political science program can take is evident when comparing my professional experiences to those of my classmates.”

Careers in Political Science

Students choose political science with various career goals in mind. Many plan to go into the law. Others plan to work in government. Some carve out a career in politics. Still others are simply interested in politics; their careers may ultimately be in telecommunications or insurance, for example. We try to provide our students with an understanding of politics and government, analytical, writing, and public speaking skills, and an appreciation of the ethical dimension of politics and government so that, whatever career they choose, they will be capable and ethical in it.

Where can you work if you have a political science degree?

Our former students now practice law from New York to Colorado; they work in state government; some at very high levels. They work on Capitol Hill; one is a member of Congress; they are lobbyists, party leaders, fundraisers, policy analysts, and teachers. They are all involved in democracy.

New York State and National Government

  • Erin: Assistant Deputy Legislative Director for the Assembly Minority Conference in Albany.
  • Matthew: Senior Legislative associate for New York State Assembly Health Committee
  • Andre: Director of Legislative Affairs, New York State Dept of Taxation and Finance.
  • Kevin: Communications Director for New York State Budget Office
  • Chris: Staff Assistant in Rep. Gephardt’s office
  • Robert: Law Clerk, Supreme Court at Albany County Courthouse

Colleges and Universities

  • Ryan: Residence director, Clinton Community College
  • Christina: Albany Law School

Associations and Services

  • Naromie: Fundraiser for Catholic Social Services in New York City
  • Ruth: National Association of Independent Business

SUNY Plattsburgh Career Development Center

Our Career Development Center provides services, resources, and programs designed to help students and alumni to better understand the career development process, and to enhance their professional preparation and employability.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about political science at SUNY Plattsburgh please contact

Harvey Schantz, Chairperson
Office: Hawkins Hall 149
Phone: (518) 564-5826
Fax: (518) 564-4124 or 564-3842
Email: [email protected]