Political Scientist

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Political scientists study the structure and theory of government and seek practical and theoretical solutions to political problems. Most current studies and research concentrate on tangible topics such as welfare reform, political campaigns and elections, foreign relations, and immigration.

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Most jobs require a master’s degree. If teaching at the college and university level is the goal, then nothing less than a Ph.D. will do. Students who specialize in a particular field such as public administration, international relations, or public law will fare slightly better in seeking jobs.

Math Required: 

College Algebra Geometry Trigonometry Calculus I and II Statistics

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Political scientists use math and statistics to predict the probability of political events occurring. They may also use regression analysis and a mathematical procedure called The Surplus Procedure, which is a formula, developed by mathematical political scientist Steven Brams, used in order to allocate resources to best benefit all parties.

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The vast majority of political scientists are teachers at colleges and universities where they conduct research and write books and articles on political theory. They may also enter political life. They generally do not run for public office, but very often their expertise is enlisted by candidates to ensure a successful run or reelection. Some become political commentators on television and radio or write columns for newspapers; others become public opinion pollsters.


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