Outcomes

Iowa State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Career Services surveys alumni six months after graduation to track trends in placement. This table shows career outcomes at that point among Bachelor’s degree recipients for the five most recent years of available data (from 2014–2015 to 2018–2019), for both Political Science majors and, for comparison, all Liberal Arts and Sciences majors:

Total Occupied Employed Further Education Other
Political Science 95% 58% 35% 2%
Liberal Arts and Sciences 91% 67% 22% 2%

As the table shows, a very high proportion of Political Science Bachelor’s-degree recipients are “occupied,” which encompasses being employed or continuing with further education (or, for a small number, not seeking employment). Notably, the placement rate for Political Science undergraduates is somewhat higher than the comparable rate for graduates in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In particular, a markedly high share of departmental graduates successfully seek admittance to professional schools, especially law school. The Department is very proud of our students’ success, which attests to the quality of the education they receive and of the skills they acquire.

More detailed information is available for the last three academic years of the above table (from 2016–2017 to 2018–2019). This includes information on whether graduates’ positions were “professional,” requiring a relevant college degree. This data, along with the comparable data to the above table’s, is shown below.

Total Occupied Professionally Occupied Employed Further Education Other
Political Science 96% 88% 59% 35% 1%
Liberal Arts and Sciences 91% 85% 68% 21% 1%

Recent employers of Political Science Bachelor’s-degree graduates include:

  • Alpha Gamma Delta
  • AmeriCorps
  • Arcanum Consulting Inc.
  • Army National Guard
  • Aurora Police Department
  • Bahamas Public Parks & Public Beaches Authority
  • Boys & Girls Club of Story County
  • Brooksource
  • Canon Business Process Services
  • Catherine McAuley Center
  • CDS Global
  • CDWG
  • Center for Rural Affairs
  • Cerner Corporation
  • City of Dubuque
  • Diversified Management Services
  • Epic
  • Fourth Presbyterian South BostonB
  • Gilmore & Bell
  • Greater Burlington PartnershipB
  • HB Roswell Realty
  • Hotel Pattee
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • Hy-Vee Inc.
  • Iowa Attorney General’s Office
  • Iowa Business Council
  • Iowa Events Center
  • Iowa Senate Republican Caucus
  • Keller Williams Realty
  • LS2 Group
  • Manatee County, Florida
  • Mercer Health Insurance
  • Mister Africa International
  • National Student Leadership Conference
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • Peace Corps
  • Pella Corporation
  • Principal Financial Group
  • REM Iowa Community Services
  • Securian Financial Group
  • SmithMonson LLC
  • State of Colorado
  • Stoltze & Stoltze, PLC
  • TD&I Cable Maintenance Inc.
  • TMG Management Ltd.
  • United States Army
  • United States Department of Agriculture
  • United States Marine Corps
  • United States Navy
  • United States Senate
  • Vote Smart
  • Weitz Company
  • Wells Fargo
  • Wilcox Law Firm
  • Woodward Academy
  • Workiva
  • WorldWide Logistics