Great Careers

Why study Political Science at John Brown University?

The study of politics is an integral part of the liberal arts. As a political science major at John Brown University you will develop writing, communication, analytical and computer skills that are critical for future employment. These skills will help you to think critically and independently, increase your concern for others and your awareness of current affairs, and develop in you a commitment to life-long learning.

At JBU, we take seriously the integration of faith and learning. We want students to see themselves as active participants in the flow of history with a God-given mandate to serve others and to act ethically — in the local community and the world. Studying political science at JBU will enable you to apply the Christian worldview to politics and political issues.

Today's students can expect to change jobs more than once and even to have more than one career during their working life. An undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, and especially political science, is excellent preparation for the flexibility in employment encountered in the modern marketplace.

Degrees/Opportunities

We offer a B.A. as well as a minor in political science and, for students wishing to attend law school, the department houses the Pre-Law Professional Program. Natural complements to the political science major include minors in history, English, theology, psychology, intercultural studies and the sciences. Political science can also be combined with a professional undergraduate minor such as business, journalism, communications or education.

Various internship and study abroad opportunities are available, including the International Relations: Irish Studies program and the CCCU sponsored American Studies Program in Washington, D.C. These activities provide insight into practical politics and government, as well as training and contacts that can be helpful in graduate school and future employment.

Recent JBU Political Science Graduates have taken a variety of paths:

Graduate School, University of Chicago
Graduate School, American University
Graduate School, University of Arkansas
University of Arkansas Law School
Baylor Law School
Pilot, U.S. Air Force
Republican Party official
Manager, Wal-Mart Stores, Illinois
Attorney with a firm in Colorado Springs, CO
JAG corps in San Diego, CA
Lawyer with a firm in Washington, DC
Owner of local business

Other Opportunities after graduation:

  • Graduate school
  • Academic research
  • Administration and policy
  • Consulting
  • Law
  • Lobbying
  • Local and Federal Government
  • Non-Government organizations
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Political campaign management
  • Public affairs research
  • Program Development