A Career-Oriented Approach to Structuring the Political Science Major

A Career-Oriented Approach to Structuring the Political Science Major

By Michael T. Rogers, Arkansas Tech University

Higher education is at a crossroads (Blumenstyk 2015; DeMillo 2013). Students face unfathomable debt (Mitchell 2019; Tatham 2019), the liberal arts are under siege (Caplan 2018; Dutt-Ballerstadt 2019), and there is a growing number of less expensive educational alternatives to a university education (Craig 2018; Schroeder 2019). Compounding this is the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, which has amplified budget shortfalls and declining student enrollments, forcing higher-education institutions to lay off and/or furlough staff and faculty (Bauman 2020; Nietzel 2020). Colleges and universities are rethinking their modus operandi. Academic disciplines, particularly those in the liberal arts, should as well.