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4 Degrees To Help Shape the US for the Better

There has never been a better time to contribute to American politics. The economic downturn, diversity difficulties and international unrest will never go away. Therefore, the following four degrees will empower students to help shape the U.S. for the better.

Bachelors of Science in Political Science

Political scientists work in a variety of organizations, such as private think tanks, lobby groups and non-profit organizations. Approximately half are employed by the federal government. They do everything from researching relations to collecting data to developing and testing new theories. They also predict certain political and economic trends. There are four specializations for political scientists: political theory, international relations, comparative politics and American politics. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a bachelor’s degree is required for entry-level positions, but most positions require a master’s degree in political science.

Bachelors of Science in Media Analysis

According to a recent Gallup poll, 70 percent of Americans want leaders who are willing to pay attention to public opinion. While many political pundits will argue that public polls aren’t important, they are becoming more important to social-media-savvy voters. Media analysts work in a variety of industries. Their primary task is to analyze, assess and report on media trends and public opinions. Many of them work in the private sector in marketing and advertising departments. However, media analysts are needed for both state and federal government agencies. Media analysts can help shape the U.S. for the better through accurately reporting public opinions about important issues.


“According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a bachelor's degree is required for entry-level positions, but most positions require a master's degree in political science.”




A Master of Public Administration

A Master of Public Administration (MPA) is the perfect post-graduate degree for students who wish to enter public service. From a business perspective, an MPA is similar to an MBA. However, unlike the MBA, the MPA offers a wide range of program specializations in public sector fields. For example, these specializations include transportation, health care, criminal justice and urban planning and management.

Master of Arts in Public Policy

A Master of Arts in Public Policy (MPP) is one of the best degrees to help students understand public policies and the American political system. An MPP will help the student gain in-depth insight into both the state and federal systems of government. Part of this involves learning how the U.S. political process and framework has developed and changed over the years. More importantly, students will learn about current events and hot topics that they will deal with in their future career. An MPP curriculum will also cover ethics, economics, leadership, policy analysis and public demographics.

In the end, there are great degree programs available for students who want to make a difference in their country. Possible jobs are in political science, media analysis, public administration and public policy management.

Article contributed by Anica Oaks, a freelance writer based in San Francisco, CA.