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Political Science: Career Potential

Among 2016-2017 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 the social sciences and who reported salary, the median annual self-reported salary was $46,000.

Examples of where our recent alumni are working include:

  • New York Assembly
  • Morningwood Capital
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Adventure Publishing Group
  • Alpine Management Group
  • American Media Inc.
  • Center for Cyber and Homeland Security
  • Congressman Peter King
  • Democratic Party of New York
  • Fox News/ Fox News Radio
  • Nassau County Government
  • National Governors Association
  • Niskanen Center
  • NY Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi's Office
  • NYPD
  • NYC Council Member Ben Kallos
  • Erie County Executive Office
  • Penguin Random House
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • United States Senate
  • University of South Carolina
  • Yankee Institute for Public Policy

Examples of institutions our alumni are pursuing graduate studies include:

  • Cornell University
  • New York University
  • American University
  • Fordham University
  • Duquesne University School of Law
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • CUNY Queens College
  • CUNY School of Law
  • George Mason University
  • George Washington University
  • Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Long Island University
  • Lynn University
  • Marist College
  • New England College of Business
  • Northeastern University
  • Northwestern University
  • Pace University
  • Roosevelt University
  • Seton Hall University
  • St. John's University
  • Stony Brook University
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Virginia
  • Villanova University
  • Western New England Law
  • William & Mary Law School

According to the 2017-2018 Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for political scientists was $115,110.

Of the 1,453 undergraduate students who graduated between August 2016 and May 2017, data was collected via surveys and other reliable sources resulting in knowledge about the outcomes for 61% of the 16-17 undergraduate alumni. Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by students and based upon a 32% response rate for undergraduate students. 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.