Political science as a subject could be taken up by the students of any stream. You can be from Arts, Commerce or Sciences.
Apart from Political Science, you have optional papers like Economics, History, Philosophy and English.
Depending on your interest you can choose two subjects with one alternative paper.
Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, would improve your understanding of Democracy and Party system, and basic political concepts such as – Law, Liberty, Equality, Rights, Justice , Citizenship.
Pursuing Bachelor’s degree in Political Science will even help, if you are planning further for appearing for government or administrative services exams like UPSC, JPSC, BPSC.
Along with this, International relations and major contemporary issues would be another key to the subject.
For instance, the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics offered by University of Delhi, is an elite program that combines broad and rigorous cross-disciplinary training in politics, philosophy and economics.
The program prepares graduates for careers in public policy and public service, political and economic consulting, journalism, law, and international affairs.
It offers an integrated, cross-disciplinary perspective, able to shape a way of thinking critically and flexibly.
Students are provided a foundation in the relevant disciplines by emphasizing the synergies and differences between their approaches.
Political Science – Career Prospects
Coming to the career prospects, you would get a variety of options after pursuing this subject. Enlisting some of them:
Civil Services: Civil Service is a popular option with BA graduates in Political Science. Since questions from political science form an important part of the general science paper in the preliminary and main examination for civil services, it gives an edge to students who have studied political science at the undergraduate level.
Law: Political Science is related to the methods of governance and hence paves the way for a career in law.
Social Service: A graduate degree in Political Science helps develop an understanding of the polity and society, thus making it easier for BA Political Science degree holders to understand the demand of Social Service and pursue a career in it.
Education: BA Political Science graduates can also find education as a prospective field of employment. While for teaching in schools, an additional B.Ed. degree is helpful, for teaching at university level passing UGC NET examination is a must.
Journalism: A career in Journalism and Media is also a viable option for graduates in Political Science. More than 50% of news covered in media and newspapers is political in nature thus giving an edge to BA Political Science degree holders for roles such as Political Journalist or Political Correspondents.
Politics: Politics is an obvious career choice for Political Science graduates. In the field of politics, you can make a career not just as a politician but also as a Political Analyst, Campaign Manager etc.
Marketing: Marketing involves a careful strategizing and placing a product or service in the market. A knowledge of polity and society helps a Political Science graduate make decisions regarding marketing and placing a product or service.
United Nations Organization: International Organizations like UNO, often hire political scientists across the world. A BA in Political Science degree holder can apply for internship and other positions at various organizations of the United Nations. However, a higher degree in Political Science is required for the top notch posts at the United Nations Organization.