Career Options After Political Science and Public Law

What is Political Science and Public Law?

Political Science is a Social Science that examines enduring issues of power and authority, citizenship and governance, justice and legitimacy, and patterns of conflict and co-operation that arise around these issues from ancient to modern times. Political Science at UTSC is divided into the following areas of focus: Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics (Developing and Developed Countries), International Relations, Political Theory, and Public Policy. The department now also offers a minor in public law.

Entry-Level Jobs for Bachelor Grads

Common employment destinations include:

  • Policy Analyst/Advisor in Government
  • Program Coordinator in Non-Profits
  • Research Analyst in Think Tanks
  • Legislative Aide/Assistant in Government
  • Media Relations Specialist in NGOs
  • Service Representative in Social and Community Services

The Career Directory

Graduate & Professional Studies

Popular further education opportunities include:

  • Political Science – Master of Arts
  • Policy (many varieties) – Master
  • Public Administration/Service – Master or PostGraduate Certificate
  • Business Administration – Master
  • Law – JD (Juris Doctor)
  • Paralegal – Diploma
  • Communications or Marketing – Post-Graduate Certificate
  • Public Relations – Post-Grad Certificate
  • Community Service Management – PostGraduate Certificate

Examples of Fields that ‘Fit’ the Skills of Political Science Grads

  • Legal Services
  • Consulting
  • Media and Communication
  • Government (Federal, Provincial, Regional, City)
  • Research
  • Education
  • Sales
  • Operations

Your 4-Year Career Exploration Action Plan

1 Do Your Research

The databases below provide you with details about job prospects, nature of work, educational requirements, working conditions, pay and related career paths:
Career Cruising: Log into CLN, click on Resources, and click on Career Cruising to be logged in automatically
O*Net: (U.S. site) Attend our workshop Discover Your Skills and Career Options, meet with a Career Counsellor, and use our resources to get to know your skills, values, personality and interests:  
Use the advice on our tip sheets for gathering info:  

  • Information Interviews
  • Working On-Campus
  • Internships
  • Volunteering

2 Explore Career Options & Get Experience

Gain exposure to your options in the world of work and make connections while you’re a student via campus events and programs listed on cln.utoronto.ca and ccr.utoronto.ca:

  • Extern Job Shadowing
  • In the Field
  • Explore It! (course-based)
  • Partners in Leadership (4th year students)
  • iLead, uLead, weLead (Dep’t of Student Life)
  • Employer Information Sessions
  • Career & Volunteer Fairs
  • Departmental Student Association Events

Apply for Work Study jobs in CLN in Fall and Spring! You might also find work via SCSU. Find networking opportunities, internship programs and entry-level jobs via websites like TalentEgg and CharityVillage. As an upper year student (14+ credits), attend UTSC’s Get Hired Conference and participate in Jobs for Grads. As a graduate, explore internships and other trainee programs like CareerEdge.

3 Build Your Network

Explore Professional Associations and get involved: volunteer for their events and conferences, and get to know people in your industry of interest. These are your future mentors, supervisors and colleagues!

​Please note: This document is a starting point for your further research into career options in this field of study. For more information on this program and course requirements, please visit the departmental website.