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Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary

Also called: Instructor, Political Science Professor, Professor, Professor of Political Science

What they do:
Teach courses in political science, international affairs, and international relations. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
On the job, you would:
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as classical political thought, international relations, and democracy and citizenship.
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.
  • Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.


Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • history and archeology
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Safety and Government
  • law and government
  • multimedia


Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • figuring out how to use new ideas or things
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • teaching people how to do something
  • understanding people's reactions


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems


People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Independence


You might use software like this on the job:

Computer based training software
  • Blackboard Learn
  • Desire2Learn
Analytical or scientific software
  • Empirisoft MediaLab
  • poLCA
Word processing software
  • Collaborative editing software
  • Google Docs


Education: (rated 5 of 5)
doctoral degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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