Political Science and Liberal Arts Education in Wyoming

Students who study for a political science degree in Wyoming can expect to learn about political institutions, beliefs, and values, both in the American political system and in those around the world. At the conclusion of their undergraduate political science studies, students should be able to evaluate opinions and arguments, present opposing arguments and debate, and make conclusions from evidence. Political science students are expected to be able to communicate well both orally and in writing, as discourse and debate is an important part of any career that utilizes the ideas of political science.

A graduate program in political science includes all of the above ideas and expectations, plus a more advanced, in-depth look at the discipline of political science and/or of concentrations or sub-disciplines within. These students learn to integrate theory and practice, improve their own decision making skills, learn about ethics, legal processes, budgeting, public and private sector policies, and how government agencies function. Some graduate studies also utilize research projects in political science and may offer students the chance to have their findings and research published in scholarly journals.

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Political Science Careers in Wyoming

Wyoming's Occupational Projections predicts an increase of 2.7 percent in the number of public administration jobs in the state from 2010 to 2012, rising from 24,894 to 25,559. Longer term, jobs in public administration are expected to increase by 11.7 percent from 2004 to 2014 (or from 23,748 to 26,534). Political science careers are not limited to the public administration industry, but the examination of this industry shows that careers in political science have a favorable outlook in Wyoming.

Political science majors with graduate degrees may seek employment among the state's colleges and universities, in research or instructor positions. Wyoming's state government is also a major employer of both undergraduate and graduate political science degree holders. The State of Wyoming's offices in Cheyenne employ political science graduates in many capacities and occupations. The federal government's agencies in the state, such as the Forest Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Dubois, also employ political science graduates. The Transportation Security Administration of the Office of Homeland Security in Casper is another example of a federal government agency in Wyoming that has employed political science majors in the past.

How to Become a Politician in Wyoming

Within the state of Wyoming, most candidates for elected public office are a member of one of three main political parties: the Wyoming Democratic Party, the Republican Party of Wyoming, or the Wyoming Libertarian Party. Any person or group who wants to start a new political party in the state must file a petition with the Secretary of State containing the signatures of 3740 registered voters.

The Wyoming Secretary of State's office provides information for residents who wish to run for elected public offices across the state. Candidate filing instructions and information for various public offices can be found here. If an independent candidate wishes to receive nomination for elected public office, he or she must file a petition containing the signatures of registered voters totaling two percent of the voters who voted in the legislative district in the last election. This petition must be filed 70 days before the next general election. A fee of $200 is required if you plan to run for federal or state office, and a fee of $5 is necessary if you intend to run for state legislative or county office. The Wyoming Petition for Nomination for Partisan Office form can be found here.

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