As a political scientist, you will involve in the studies of governance, policies, institutions, law, strategies, war etc. You will also engage in the discussions on different ideologies, socio political events, and ideas like class, caste, groups, power and agency.
A Political scientist studies the origin, development, and operation of political systems and analyse political activities, thoughts, and behavior. They deal extensively with the theory and practice of politics and study about the distribution of power and resources. They also conduct research on political ideas and political trends.
Taking humanities stream with political science or any other stream at the +2 level and securing a good score in these subjects would make you eligible for admission into undergraduate level courses in political science.
The common Course offered at the UG level in this area is BA political science. You can either do a BA in political science of three years duration or an Integrated MA. in political science which will take five years to complete.
After completing the UG degree, you can go for an MA in political science, the duration of which is two years.
After pursuing a master’s in political science, you can go for an M.Phil or a PhD in a topic related to political science. PhD admissions would depend on your profile including research papers, projects and theses. Pursuing doctoral level studies will enable you to take up a career in the academia.
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Political scientists will have to communicate their ideas clearly and efficiently in a variety of mediums through listening, clarifying, and responding effectively.
Political scientists will have to analyze complex information on various social, cultural and political phenomena and formulate critical observations and inferences.
Research skills are required to develop independent understanding of texts, concepts and theories and to prepare research material with the correct use of academic citations and referencing.
Political scientists should have a good research acumen in order to be able to gather the right information from various sources and then make useful inferences using various research methods and statistical techniques.
Establishing good relations with the people they work with as well as respecting individual differences is a very much needed skill for a political scientist to ensure their career growth.