We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

How Do I Become a Political Science Professor?

Dan Cavallari
By
Updated Mar 03, 2024
Our promise to you
Practical Adult Insights is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At Practical Adult Insights, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

If you have an interest in various levels of government and politics, you may be interested in pursuing a path to become a political science professor. Such professionals generally teach at the college or university level while performing research into various political science topics. The steps you will need to take to become a political science professor will start early, usually in high school. You will need to graduate, or earn an equivalent qualification, and then you will need to move onto a college degree program in political science or a related field.

While in high school, it is a good idea to spend a fair amount of time developing your writing and research skills. If your school offers psychology and sociology courses, it would be wise to take those as well. You will need to apply for admittance to a college program, which should be done while you are a senior in high school. Apply to more than one program to ensure you have a few options should your first choice fall through. A degree in political science is of course the best choice if you want to become a political science professor, though a degree in English, history, sociology, or psychology may also help you reach your goals.

As you work toward your bachelor's degree, it is a good idea to seek out internships in government so you can get valuable work experience and a solid understanding of how governments work. You may even want to volunteer your services in a local, state, or federal election to get an idea of how the political process works. This will give you invaluable knowledge and experience that will help you once you become a political science professor. After you earn your bachelor's degree, you should be prepared to further your education with a master's degree and PhD program.

Your master's degree studies should focus on specific political science topics. When choosing such topics, think in relation to what topics you want to pursue once you begin your PhD work. You will usually need to earn a PhD in order to become a political science professor at the college or university level, but if you simply want to become a lecturer or instructor, a master's degree may be specific. Another way to become a political science professor without a PhD is to gain specific experience in the political science field. Your body of work as well as your education will need to show that you are considered an expert in the field.

Practical Adult Insights is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Dan Cavallari
By Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari, a talented writer, editor, and project manager, crafts high-quality, engaging, and informative content for various outlets and brands. With a degree in English and certifications in project management, he brings his passion for storytelling and project management expertise to his work, launching and growing successful media projects. His ability to understand and communicate complex topics effectively makes him a valuable asset to any content creation team.
Discussion Comments
By Logicfest — On Aug 19, 2014

@Markerrag - Another approach that has worked over the years is to avoid getting a master's or doctorate in political science at all. Sound nuts? Hold on there.

Grab a bachelor's degree in political science and do well. Then, head on to law school and earn your law degree (which is a doctorate, by the way). You could then be qualified to teach constitutional law, civil procedure and other government classes that political science students take in college.

Want to stand out from the pack? A law degree backed with a bachelor's in political science and some teaching skills can make you an attractive candidate for the professorship.

By Markerrag — On Aug 18, 2014

The thing about wanting to be a political science professor is that there are a heck of a lot of people wanting to do the exact, same thing. In other words, get ready to compete with other applicants if that is what you decide you want to do for a career.

Perhaps the best way to get prepared is to go to the most prestigious colleges you possibly can (we're talking about undergraduate, masters and doctorate level institutions here). And grades do matter when we're talking about a political science professorship. Keep that GPA up, volunteer for as many political campaigns and such as you can and you will start building a resume that can help you stand out from the pack.

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari, a talented writer, editor, and project manager, crafts high-quality, engaging, and informative content for various outlets and brands. With a degree in English and certifications in project management, he brings his passion for storytelling and project management expertise to his work, launching and growing successful media projects. His ability to understand and communicate complex topics effectively makes him a valuable asset to any content creation team.
Practical Adult Insights, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

Practical Adult Insights, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.