Political Science and Liberal Arts Education in Massachusetts

Being known as a socially progressive and liberal state, it seems fitting that many students in Massachusetts decide on political science as a college major. Schools in Massachusetts and online pride themselves on the diversity of their faculty and the rigorousness of their political science programs, both graduate and undergraduate. It is this strictness in the college curriculum that produces competent graduates who are ready to enter virtually any career within the political realm.

Choosing a college can be a critical step in your path to a political career. Especially if you plan to become a politician, you will want to choose a school that is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, or by another U.S. Department of Education-approved accreditation agency. Accreditation of a university or college lends validity to its political science program. As a graduate of an accredited school, you will be looked upon more favorably when you enter the working world or when you return to graduate school.

Political Science Careers in Massachusetts

The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) lists current Massachusetts employment statistics for many careers that one can enter into with a political science degree. Lawyers, of whom the BLS says there were 16,710 in Massachusetts in May 2010, earn an average salary of $128,730. Public relations and fundraising managers, who numbered 2120 in May 2010, made $115,930 on average. Management analysts, whose number totaled 21,470, earned anMassachusetts Political Science average of $100,660. College political science teachers, numbering 640, earned $93,730. Market research analysts (11,400 of them in May 2010) made $71,830. The 1220 urban and regional planners working in Massachusetts earned $70,570. Legal assistants (6530) had an average annual income of $50,290. It is evident that a political science degree in Massachusetts can lead to some lucrative careers.

Job opportunities in Massachusetts for political science majors also exist in nonprofit foundations such as the Proteus Fund in Amherst, defense companies like Textron in Wilmington, on political campaigns for election, and within market research companies such as KRC Research in Boston. Additional career possibilities are available at all levels (federal, state and local) of government. Examples include the Occupational Safety and Health Administration office in Boston, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in Springfield, and the National Archives and Records Administration in Boston.

How to Become a Politician in Massachusetts

Political parties currently active within Massachusetts include the Constitution Party of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Democratic Party, the Socialist Party of Massachusetts, the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Republican Party and the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party. According to information provided by the Green-Rainbow Party, over two thirds of incumbents Massachusetts run unopposed for elected offices come reelection. Additionally, they say, Massachusetts is in last place in the number of elections that are contested.

Massachusetts makes it easy for sticker or write-in candidates to run for election, if you are not formally affiliated with any political party. First, check with your local election commission to make sure you meet residency and other candidate requirements. You should also notify them that you plan to run as a sticker or write-in candidate. Then you must let the public know that you are running for office. Voters have to know what name to write in (or sticker to place on the voting ballot) on Election Day. When they do this, they must have your name and address correct, so it is a great idea to print stickers and hand them out to voters to make the process easier. Make sure to tell the voters exactly where to place the sticker – if they do not place it next to the correct office, the vote will not count.

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