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Political Science: Career Potential

Among 2015-2016 Hofstra graduates who majored in political science, 100% of the respondents report that within one year of graduation they were employed and/or attending or planning to attend graduate school. Among those Hofstra graduates who majored in political science and who reported salary, the median annual self-reported salary was $43,000.

Examples of where our recent alumni are working include:

  • CBS News
  • Bloomberg Government
  • Democratic Party of New York
  • Office of NYS Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi
  • Suffolk County Legislature
  • Autism Speaks
  • Burns 360 Communications
  • Calkins Media- Burlington County Times
  • Canon Solutions America
  • Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, George Washington University
  • EastWest Institute
  • Edison Electric Institute
  • Imagine Global Communications
  • JP Morgan Chase & Co
  • Morningwood Capital
  • National Governors Association
  • Niskanen Center think tank
  • Penguin Random House
  • Rhode Island Democratic Party
  • Rivkin Radler LLP
  • Rocky Mountin Youth Corps
  • SoCore Energy
  • Wall & Tong, LLP

Examples of institutions our alumni are pursuing graduate studies include:

  • American University
  • Stanford University
  • George Washington University
  • Cornell University
  • New York University
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • CUNY Queens College
  • CUNY School of Law
  • Fordham University
  • George Mason University
  • Hofstra University
  • Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Michigan State Law
  • New England College of Business
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Vermont
  • Villanova University

According to the 2016-2017 Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wage for political scientists was $114,290.

Outcomes are based on the 65% of 2015-2016 HCLAS undergraduate degree recipients who responded to a survey or for whom data was gathered from LinkedIn within one year of graduation, not the total number of graduates, and may not be representative of the total graduating population. The career outcomes rate includes those employed (full-time or part-time) and not employed but attending graduate school (full-time or part-time) next semester. All data must meet a test of data integrity. The average salary reported is determined by the level at which data may be deemed reliable (University-wide, school, division or department).

Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by graduates and are based upon a 36% response rate for graduates. Salary figures vary from year-to-year based upon a number of factors, including, but not limited to, market conditions as well as the number of graduates reporting salary information to us. In addition, please note that these figures are based solely on information that is self-reported to us by our graduates, and the salary data provided is based on the accuracy and completeness of the information provided by our graduates to us. Salary figures only include annual base salary. They do not include bonus, commission or any other guaranteed compensation.

See alumni outcome reports in their entirety.