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Are you interested in American politics? Do you follow current events? Do political campaigns excite you? Are you passionate about critical issues such as civil rights and civil liberties, justice, the environment, healthcare, education, and national finances? Do you wonder about the ideal form of government? Are you curious about how power and resources are distributed in society? Do you wonder why some ideas become law and others do not? Do the legal system and the practice of law intrigue you?
Does all of this sound fascinating? If so, then political science may be for you.
Formally, political science is the study of political processes and political systems, the political behavior of individuals and groups, the structures of governments, public policy, theories of good government and political ethics. Political science employs both humanistic and scientific methods to understand the interrelationship of politics, the economy and society.
At its heart political science is about how people work together, balancing the common good and their individual interests. Political science has much to say about how people work together in politics, the economy and society.
Our program is designed to help you develop to your full potential and these are some of the reasons why you should study political science at SFU:
Majoring in political science at SFU can help you stand out in the job market and/or as you apply to graduate school or law school. Your research experience,internships, and skills will help to build career contacts and gain real-world experience. The political science major at SFU is a gateway to a variety of careers in law, government, politics, the non-profit sector, and the private sector including:
Did you know that according to a Georgetown University study of census data on the workforce in 2009 the median earnings of all workers who had earned a B.A. in Political Science were $59,000?
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