Your degree in Political Science

Skills you’ll develop

While studying Political Science, you’ll develop important skills as you examine the nature, causes, and consequences of collective decisions and actions taken by groups of people embedded in cultures and institutions that structure power and authority.

These skills may include:

  • Applying analytical thinking to questions of how societies govern themselves and address problems of power locally, nationally, and globally
  • Collaborating with others to study forces that shape law, society, the economy, and the politics of the future
  • Examining problems and proposing solutions while considering multiple perspectives
  • Recognizing and considering the impact of a variety of influences, assumptions, and values
  • Conducting qualitative and quantitative, collecting data, interpreting statistics, synthesizing facts, and presenting arguments
  • Communicating - clearly, concisely, and in writing - in a way that draws on a deep theoretical and practical understanding of Canadian and international political systems
  • Persuasive public speaking and debating abilities that demonstrate critical thinking and carefully reasoned arguments

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including government or politics, non-profit, law, journalism, public relations, international development, consulting, education, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. Read through the job titles below for ideas. Some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

  • Indigenous affairs officer
  • Campaign manager
  • Charitable organization director
  • Communications manager
  • Copywriter
  • Customs officer
  • Diplomat
  • Economic analyst
  • Economic development officer
  • Elections officer
  • Foreign service officer
  • Government official
  • Human resources manager
  • Human rights officer
  • Immigration officer
  • Intelligence analyst
  • Intelligence investigator
  • International development worker
  • Journalist
  • Labour organizer
  • Labour relations mediator
  • Lawyer
  • Lobbyist
  • Market analyst
  • Market researcher
  • Media relations manager
  • Member of Parliament
  • News analyst
  • Ombudsperson
  • Parliamentary assistant
  • Police officer
  • Policy advisor
  • Political organizer
  • Political scientist
  • Public affairs officer
  • Public opinion interviewer
  • Public relations specialist
  • Social policy researcher
  • Speech writer
  • Teacher or Professor
  • Trade development director

Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help you understand your values and interests.

Build your network

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you. You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and accessing job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC Political Science graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

More information

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