Political Science

Career Potential

Among 2019-2020 Hofstra graduates who majored in political science, 89% of survey respondents reported that they were employed and/or attending or planning to attend graduate school within a year of graduation. Of those students who reported employment, 90% said they secured their position within six months of graduation. Among Hofstra political science majors who reported salary, the mean annual self-reported salary was $75,000.

Examples of where our alumni are working include:

  • AmeriCorps VISTA
  • CNN
  • Department of Justice
  • Edison Research
  • Global Security Institute
  • Massachusetts State Senate
  • Midland County District Attorney's Office
  • NY State Assembly
  • Office of the Nassau County Comptroller
  • U.S. House of Representatives

Examples of institutions where our alumni are pursuing graduate studies include:

  • American University
  • Boston University
  • Columbia University
  • George Washington University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • New York University
  • Pepperdine University
  • Temple University
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Washington and Lee University

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for political scientists is $125,350. Additionally, employment opportunities for those in political science is projected to grow by 9% between 2020 and 2030, which is as fast as average.

Alumni outcomes data is based on the results of Hofstra’s annual Alumni Outcomes Survey and other reliable sources. Of the 1,425 undergraduate students who graduated between August 2019-May 2020, data was collected via surveys and other reliable sources resulting in knowledge about the outcomes for 69% of the 2019-2020 undergraduate alumni. Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by students and are based upon a 47% response rate for full-time employed undergraduate survey respondents. 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.