"I feel that my education at Castleton has taught me that no matter where you start, you can accomplish anything."
The Social and Opinion Research Lab (SORL) provides an opportunity students to work with polling and real data. Students take on research projects that provide hands-on experience in polling and research.
Political Science is the study of politics, government, power, public policies, and political behavior.
As a Political Science student you will learn about international relations, American government, political theory, and the methods by which scholars study political behavior and government. You will also apply theoretical and empirical analysis to better understand political power and governmental activity.
If you want to be a diplomat, an elected official, a legislative researcher, director of a non-profit agency, a program evaluator, a campaign manager, or a pollster, our Political Science program is a great fit. Political Science is also an excellent choice if you are interested in pursuing graduate work in political science, public policy, public administration, or law.
The Castleton Political Science program prepares you for a wide array of careers in government, non-profit organizations, and the private sector.
Students who focus on political theory will have a solid background in philosophy and logic, which in turn is great preparation for law school admission and a future career in law.
Those who focus on empirical research will become adept at data manipulation and analysis and will be prepared for careers in policy research and analysis. The American Political Science Association has a thorough list of career paths Political Science students.
Highly-focused Geography majors can also take advantage of our 3+2 program with Vermont Law School, which allows you to earn a Bachelor’s degree in just three years at Castleton and a Juris Doctor (JD) degree in just two years at VLS.