As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, it's crucial that you understand the democratic system and other forms of governance. This is especially important now given that the world’s citizens have far more contact with each other than ever before. Careers in the legal profession, state and local government, urban planning, the federal civil service, journalism, lobbying groups, and many more benefit from a foundation in politics. You'll develop reasoning and analytical skills and build competence in oral and written expression. These kinds of skills are indispensable for successful work and can help citizens make meaningful contributions to the world. You'll sharpen your intellectual abilities and have fun along the way as you take courses in American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory. You can also do internships in Albany or Washington, D.C., where there are many career opportunities and important professional contacts.