Hey, thats a great question which racked my brain when i was in college.
I too loved history, political sciene and... yeah basically the social sciences. But yes, with these degrees you will find yourself explaining/selling yourself at length to employers when you graduate. So I took up an economics degree.
The study of economics is based in social science, but with real world application. Its not as concrete as accounting or finance but it will allow you to at least interview for almost every position. It sounds like you enjoy politics, current events, and basically talking about the world we live in today. Economics classes will allow you to do this (as you probably know, so much of government is economic policy), while they will also equip you with practical means of backing up beliefs and ideas with concrete numbers.
If you do take economics classes make sure that along the way you learn EXCEL. Speaking from experience here... excel is the bloodline of most steady jobs out of college whether we like it or not. I cant stress this enough.
Of course, dont forget to pursue your passions as well. Do a dual major if love poli science classes. This is your main shot in life to diversify yourself and you dont want to be 30 and kicking yourself for not finding out what it would be like to work on a political campaign or becoming a history teacher. CREATE OPTIONS FOR YOURSELF !
I hope this helps. Either way good luck!!
As one of the other posters mentioned, with a political science degree it does become the constant task of you constnatly selling yourself to any prospective employer, trying to convince them why your degree works with their organization. I mean when you think about it if you open up the newspaper, or if you go to Monster.com, there's pretty much a 100% chance there'll be no posting describing the need for a political science graduate for their field. It's mainly practical graduates that are sought after first (medical, business, accounting, etc).
I had a friend who obtained an honors degree from UT in government, and even has a full year of interning for a Senator's office in Washington D.C., but he has yet to find any work for that field. He instead obtained a Master's in Management.
The closest thing that comes to mind with political science is that it's a gread lead-in for a law degree, or perhaps an eventual Ph.D in the subject matter in order to become a professor. Becoming a political science professor has a great concrete status, and they make really good money too. Hope this helps.
I have a degree in social studies education which qualifies me to teach secondary classes, though a degree in social studies alone does not qualify you to teach (you need education courses also).
But it is possible to double major in social science areas, such as economics and psychology, history and geography, etc, or add a foreign language - this would be very attractive for obtaining a job with the government, especially in dealing with foreign affairs (lots of jobs have bonuses for fluency in languages).
Also, if you want to get 18 graduate credits in a social studies area, you are qualified to teach community college courses regardless of teaching experience. This opens a lot of options, particularly if you want to advance to a doctorate to teach university level courses.
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