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Department of Political Science
Fort Hays State University
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Rarick Hall 355
Phone: 785-628-4425
polisci@fhsu.edu
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Careers in Political Science

With a degree in Political Science from FHSU, you’ll be prepared for any number of rewarding careers. This list of over 60 career paths from the American Political Science Association provides just a sampling of the many jobs Political Science graduates land.

Recent FHSU Political Science graduates have exciting careers in local, state and federal governments as well as in education and the private sector:

  • Emily Graf ('09), City Manager, City of Kingman
  • Ernestor DeLaRosa ('12), Assistant City Manager, Dodge City
  • Megan Palmer Scheiderer ('03), Attorney, Husch Blackwell, KC, MO
  • Travis Couture-Lovelady (‘08), Kansas State Representative, 110th District
  • Crystal Cook ('07), Attorney, Stueve Siegel Hanson, KC, MO
  • Heath Kohl (‘09), Political Director, Kansas Republican Party
  • Ashley Dopita ('08), Attorney, Wagstaff & Cartmell, LLP
  • Yiping Ye (‘07), International Program Coordinator, California State University, Fullerton
  • Cole Ginther (‘12), Legislative Staff, U.S. Representative Kerry Bentivolio (MI)
  • Tomi Dechant Schwandt ('07), Coordinator of Veteran Service, St. Charles Community College, Washington D.C.
  • Mitchell Hall (‘05, POLS/AG/BUS), Kansas rancher, Owner/Manager H2O Drilling, LLC, former VP KANZA Bank, former District Office Manager Congressman Jerry Moran
  • Mark Colwell, (‘06), Communication & Technology Legislative Aid to Senator Jerry Moran
  • Terry Bruce, (‘97), Practicing attorney, Kansas Senate Majority Leader
  • Sarah Smith (‘05), Foreign Service in Qatar, China and Egypt


Law and Graduate School

Thinking about law school or graduate study? While earning a degree in Political Science at FHSU, you’ll acquire extraordinary research, reasoning and critical thinking skills—skills that are vital to thriving in graduate or law school.

FHSU is an excellent training ground for law school or other post-graduate study. Learn more about our Pre-Law Concentration and how we prepare you for success in law school.

Did you know? Political Science majors perform near the top on overall performance on the GRE (the standardized test that is the admissions standard for many graduate schools).


More Information on Political Science Careers & Law School

Fort Hays State University Career Links
FHSU Academic Advising & Career Exploration Center
FHSU Political Science Faculty Advisors

Pre-Law Links
Law School Admissions Council (LSAT Info)
Internet Legal Resource Guide
Boston College Law School Locator
YAHOO! List of Law Schools

Government Employment Links
State of Kansas Government Site
USAJOBS (United States Office of Personnel Management)
US State Department Careers (and Internships)
Federal Bureau of Investigation Employment
Peace Corps