Pursuing study in U.S. is always a lifetime opportunity for students who want to build up a strong position in the field of research and advanced studies. A recent study has revealed that among all the majors that one can opt for during their higher education in the United States, Political Science comes with immense potential, and achieving a PhD in this subject from one of the less-reputed institutions is the key to landing a great job at a research organization. Moreover, it has also been found that the comparatively lesser number of ‘educational superpowers’ has been leading the research industry to overlook lots of potential candidates from smaller institutions.
Details of the study
The study, published in the Georgetown Public Policy Review, was conducted by Robert Oprisko, assistant professor of International Studies at Butler University. Basically, Oprisko choose a total of 116 universities that were graded by ‘U.S. News & World Report’ magazine for providing bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He evaluated them thoroughly to ensure whether all faculty members of these institutions have awarded doctorate degrees. He found that there are a total of 616 faculties among which only 20% from the top four institutions achieved their PhD in Political Science. He also concluded that the top 11 universities among them were cooperatively accountable for the doctoral study in US.
Analysis of the study
According to Oprisko, there has been a myth that only a limited number of U.S. universities produce the best political science graduates while graduates from other less-favored institutes are not given that preferences. However, this assumption is completely wrong, he opines. It is all about access and reputation of the institute. Universities that are themselves elite attract a large number of privileged learners. But, there is no reason to believe that a student graduated from a comparatively less renowned university has lack of skills and talent.
So, if you want to study in US and join a research-intensive organization, Political Science can e the best major of study for you.