Political Science and Liberal Arts Education in Tennessee

A political science degree in Tennessee will provide you with a good, solid foundation to help you achieve success in a wide variety of careers. Over 25 colleges and universities in Tennessee currently offer undergraduate political science degrees, usually a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science or a Bachelor of Science in Political Science (or Public Administration, or Government, or a combination of these disciplines). In addition, some colleges and universities in Tennessee offer specialized, additional training for students who wish to teach political science at the secondary level after graduation. This track would provide the student with teaching licensure in addition to a bachelor's degree, and may add history, social science and psychology courses to the regular political science curriculum.

Students who wish to teach at the college level must usually have a graduate political science degree. Schools in Tennessee may offer masters level or PhD degrees in political science to these students. The graduate political science program continues many of the theories, policies and ideas learned in an undergraduate political science program, with a more advanced, in-depth study. Schools throughout the state, in towns including Bristol, Nashville, Chattanooga, Clarksville, Dayton, Memphis and Sewanee offer political science programs at undergraduate and graduate levels.

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Political Science Careers in Tennessee

Because political science is considered to be one of the liberal arts and sciences and encompasses a variety of skills and knowledge, many different careers are available for political science graduates in Tennessee. These careers have a bright outlook, for the most part, through 2018, per information provided by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. For example, 420 total job openings are expected for public relations specialists from 2008 to 2018. Marketing managers should see 100 jobs open during this period. Lawyers will see 220 job availabilities. Legal assistants and paralegals' jobs will increase by 130 during this time period.

Graduate-trained political science majors may find employment in the many Tennessee colleges and universities with political science departments. All three levels of government (state, local and federal) employ political science majors in Tennessee as well. The Federal Aviation Administration in Memphis, on the national level, is one agency employing political science graduates; while on the local level, county governments such as the Shelby County Government employ political science graduates in public administration and other similar types of occupations. Media outlets such as the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) in Nashville may employ political science graduates in reporting and producing capacities. Private industry like CHS Home Care in Franklin and IPA Consulting Services in Franklin also utilize the services of political science graduates.

How to Become a Politician in Tennessee

Would you like to follow in the footsteps of famous Tennessee politicians like Al Gore, Lamar Alexander, Davy Crockett, Harold Ford, Jr., Alfred O. P. Nicholson and John S. Wilder? If so, you should consult the Tennessee Department of State's Elections Bureau. As long as you are at least 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen and resident of Tennessee, not an ex-convict, not on active duty in the U.S. military, not in default to the U.S. Treasury, and not a member of Congress or hold any other office in the U.S. or abroad, you probably meet the qualifications to run for elected public office in Tennessee. The Department of State publishes the exact age requirements and other qualifications for each office on its website.

The best place to start when embarking on a political career is to run for a local office. If you are unsure of your Tennessee congressional district, consult the US Elections website. This site also provides a directory of websites for Tennessee counties, cities and towns.

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