Political Science and Liberal Arts Education in Alabama

Schools within the state of Alabama offer undergraduate and graduate level political science degrees. A degree in political science can be quite beneficial to a number of career choices in Alabama, including that of politician, political scientist, lawyer, legal assistant, legislator, postsecondary teacher, journalist, and careers in business and private industry. Classes that you will experience in a political science curriculum in Alabama will mold you into a well-rounded graduate prepared to take on a wide variety of careers and opportunities.

Specialized studies are available for undergraduate political science majors within some Alabama college political science departments. Some of these concentrations include Armed Conflict, Pre-Law, International Studies and Public Administration. With a graduate degree, a candidate's career opportunities broaden to include management positions, college instructional and professorship positions, and research positions, just to name a few of the many career possibilities. Students who are exceptional academic achievers may be eligible for entry into their college's chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society.

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Political Science Careers in Alabama

The Alabama Department of Industrial Relations Labor Market Information Division projects that between 2008 and 2018, there will be a 6.94 percent increase in the number of government jobs in the state. This includes jobs at the federal, state and local levels. Political science graduates often seek jobs in government. In addition, the department lists many careers within the realm of political science among the Top 40 High Demand Occupations between 2008 and 2018. These include management analysts (expected to increase by 22.72 percent), logisticians (projected to increase by 20.23 percent), and legal assistants/paralegals (expected to increase by 20.85 percent).

Positions for political science graduates are available all across Alabama in a variety of milieus. The U.S. Air Force Air Education and Training Command at Montgomery employs political science majors, as does the National Guard in Fort McClellan. Local government entities such as the Personnel Board of Jefferson County often employ political science graduates in a wide range of positions. Nonprofit organizations such as the American Lung Association of the Plains-Gulf Region in Birmingham often employ political science graduates in directorial or advocacy positions. SOS International Ltd, a company that supports U.S. government and commercial intelligence and operates out of Huntsville, also employs political science majors.

How to Become a Politician in Alabama

The Alabama Secretary of State encourages all residents who meet the requirements to run for public office. The state has differing requirements depending upon the office to which you aspire. All public offices in Alabama require that you are a registered voter in order to run for election. The following are some examples of qualifications for various elected public offices in Alabama.

Office Minimum Age Must be state resident for Must be US citizen for Term of office
Governor 30 7 years 10 years 4 years
Lt Governor 30 7 years 10 years 4 years
Sec of State 25 5 years 7 years 4 years
Att’y General 25 5 years 7 years 4 years
State Auditor 25 5 years 7 years 4 years
State Treasurer 25 5 years 7 years 4 years
Commissioner of Agriculture and Industry 25 5 years 7 years 4 years
Public Service Commission 18 1 day 1 day 4 years
Supreme Ct Justice 18 1 day 1 day 6 years
Court of Criminal Appeals 18 1 day 1 day 6 years
Ct of Civil Appeals 18 1 day 1 day 6 years
State Board of Ed 18 1 day 1 day 4 years
State Senate 25 3 years (resident of district for at least 1 year) 1 day 4 years
State House of Representatives 21 3 years (resident of district for at least 1 year) 1 day 4 years
Circuit Judge 18 1 year 1 day 6 years
District Judge 18 1 year 1 day 6 years
District Attorney 18 1 year 1 day 6 years
Probate Judge 18 1 year 1 day 6 years
Circuit Clerk 18 1 day 1 day 6 years
Sheriff 18 1 day 1 day 4 years
Coroner 25 1 day 1 day varies
County Superintendent of Education 18 1 day 1 day varies
County Board of Education 18 1 year (county resident) 1 day 6 years
County Commission 18 1 year (county resident) 1 day 4 or 6 years
Mayor 18 90 days (city resident) 1 day 4 years
City Council 18 90 days (city resident) 1 day 4 years
City Commission 19 90 days (city resident) 1 day 4 years

 

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