A path to diverse careers in government
Our three main areas of study – criminal justice, political science and public administration – will give you the skills to succeed in a range of fields that demand a deep understanding of government, politics and public service. Whether you plan to pursue a position in law enforcement, federal, state or local government or a nonprofit organization, SFA’s Department of Government offers degree programs to prepare you for success.
Why study government?
Your educated awareness of the role of government gives you a great advantage in understanding and interpreting current events in a rapidly changing world. With an increasing need for service and leadership, you can use your education and knowledge to help bring about change in your community or your country.
In addition, as a responsible citizen, it’s important to stay informed about the issues that affect your everyday life and the lives of those around you. Beyond preparing for a career, the study of government helps you contribute to the success of a democracy that depends on your understanding and active participation.
What kind of jobs can I get with a degree in government?
A major in government prepares you for success in a wide variety of careers including politics, law, business, teaching or nonprofit work. Graduates who pursue advanced degrees have done so in political science, law, international relations, public policy, history, medicine, education, urban planning or development studies, among many other fields.
Job availability and growth
Criminal justice is a versatile degree that gives you options in a variety of careers. Police work, detective and investigator professions and paralegals are some of the areas of projected job growth associated with this degree.*
Political science jobs specifically related to your degree include policy analyst, political consultant and legislative assistant. But your political science degree will also make you valuable in growing fields – like public relations, media and social media and market research – that respond to events that respond to events, analyze trends and shape public perception.
The job outlook for careers in public administration and policy is strong, with higher-than-average job growth and clearly defined career paths in public administration and public policy jobs in fields including public finance, program evaluation, nonprofit management, community development, city management and government agencies.
*According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics