Careers and Employment Outlook What is political science? Political science is the academic discipline that studies POLITICS. So what is POLITICS?Two prominent political scientists have developed slightly different definitions Harold Lasswell said that "politics determines the process of "who gets what, when, and how." This means that politics determines what policies and goals the political system will pursue. Political scientists get to delve into the fascinating realm of the interworkings of the complicated, complex, and convoluted American political system. Robert Dahl, another prominent political scientist, defined politics as the "process that determines the authoriative allocation of values." This means that political scientists get to investigate how the political process determines what will be the "official" political position on every controversial poltical topic and issue. As an academic discipline, political science can be an intriguing, thought provoking, and stimulating field. A student must major in something, so why not try political science? The following sources provide useful information about career opportunities for political scientists: "Careers in Political Science" (American Political Science Association) Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Political Scientists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/political-scientists.htm (visited August 10, 2016).