Political Science and Liberal Arts Education in Louisiana

A political science degree in Louisiana gives the student a solid foundation in courses in both the arts and sciences. Because of the diversity of a political science college curriculum, a large amount of careers is open to graduates. The relationship between government and its citizens is studied in political science courses. Analyses of the issues, engagement of students in the learning process, and preparing students to live in a globalized world are the goals of most Louisiana political science degree programs.

Depending upon your special interests, as a political science student you might consider joining some of the specialized organizations on campus for political science majors. Although such clubs vary from school to school, some of the possibilities include the pre-law club, international studies society, women's studies group, ethnic studies group, and the law club. In addition, membership to major political science organizations such as the Southern Political Science Association (SPSA) or the Louisiana Political Science Association (LPSA) is possible for students who pay membership dues. Membership in organizations such as these helps students to network, remain knowledgeable on the latest news in the political science world, and keep up with career opportunities for after graduation.

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Political Science Careers in Louisiana

In Louisiana, jobs in the federal government are predicted to increase by 13.7 percent from 2008 to 2018, according to data provided by the State of Louisiana Workforce Commission. Local government jobs are projected to increase by 8.4 percent, and state government jobs by 3.3 percent, during this period. Professional, scientific and technical services, another industry that includes many political science jobs, is expected to grow by 13.3 percent from 2008 to 2018.

Employers of political science graduates in Louisiana are many and include government, private industry, academia, nonprofit organizations and public services. Environmental and natural resource management consultants Cardno ENTRIX in Metairie employ political science graduates, as does Textron Marine and Land Systems in Slidell. The Veterans Health Administration in New Orleans is one federal government agency that employs political science graduates, and the U.S. Department of the Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service in Baton Rouge is another. The Parish of East Baton Rouge, also known as BREC, is a local government agency that has employed political science degree holders. Nonprofit organizations such as the Vera Institute of Justice in New Orleans, Community Solutions Inc. in Alexandria, and The New Teacher Project of New Orleans all have hired political science degree holders in the past too.

How to Become a Politician in Louisiana

Any Louisiana resident who wishes to run for office in the state must file a Notice of Candidacy form. This form certifies that you are a candidate for the next election for your chosen office, and must be filed with the correct official (depending upon the office you seek). The Secretary of State's office publishes an updated Candidate Database, listing who the qualified candidates are for each office available in the next election. This information can also guide you to find out what offices are up for voting on during the next election period. An Elected Officials Database is also published on the Secretary of State's website. This lists all current elected officials, their term expiration dates, and their contact information (address and phone number).

Qualifications to run for all Louisiana offices are published on the Secretary of State's website as well. All offices, from political party offices to the office of the President of the United States, are represented here.

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