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Graduate Career Ready with Political Science & International Affairs

Put your degree in Political Science and International Affairs to work pursuing a career that interests and challenges you. Political Science and International Affairs majors acquire higher-level critical thinking, reading, writing, and speaking skills. Political Science and International Affairs majors learn to research and contextualize information, producing sharp, insightful analyses and evidence-based conclusions.  

Political Science and International Affairs majors show the kind of deep understanding and curiosity that is required for clear-sighted, problem-solving analyses of our past and present to create a better future. Perhaps most important of all, Political Science and International Affairs majors are educated beyond a narrow curriculum geared towards a specific career path; instead, they acquire the ability to remain intellectually flexible and to transfer their skills across career opportunities and environments. 

Learn more about where your degree can take you with this informative breakdown, or explore the ways to use your Political Science & International Affairs education during a career conversation with the Center for Career Readiness.

Political Science & International Affairs at Work

UNC Political Science & International Affairs graduates pursue careers in companies and organizations around the country. Among our alumni, you will see many working in these industries:

  • Government Administration
  • Nonprofits
  • Legal
  • Higher Education

UNC Alumni Careers

Using their Political Science and International Affairs degree, UNC alumni go on to successful careers in a variety of interesting and in-demand professions. Learn more about the popular industries these and other alumni have gone into.

Government Administration

Many UNC alumni go on to pursue careers in government, encompassing aspects of planning, organizing, directing, coordinating, and controlling of government operations in a variety of positions.

Nonprofit Organizations

UNC alumni are given the skills they need to bolster the ranks of nonprofits around the world, often using their degrees to serve in leadership and operational management roles. 

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On Demand Resources and Support

Access recorded alumni career panels and LinkedIn tutorials to strengthen your network and professional connections to the UNC Bear Network.

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Alumni Spotlight

Great Careers Begin in Bear Country

Meet alumni like Abe Denmark B.A. '00 - a U.S. foreign policy expert who began his career with a UNC education in History and Political Science.

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Political Science and International Affairs Alumni: Update your career information through the alumni association.

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