Mal Reynolds wrote:At the end of the day, it doesn't really matter. Take whatever you want. Just remember that you were the one who asked the question and chose to ignore the advice. If you don't want to risk your GPA with STEM, major in accounting. Otherwise I would take like film studies or something. At least that's more interesting than poli sci.
? That cannot possibly be serious advice.
OP, as someone who was a PoliSci major, here are my thoughts:
1) From what I have read, it could potentially hurt you in admissions not so much because of the perceived rigor (or lack thereof) required to do well, but because there are SO MANY PoliSci majors applying, and supposedly adcomms like to fill their classes with a variety of majors. Are PoliSci degrees perceived as easier than STEM majors? Of course. Are they perceived as easier than English or History? I don't think so-I would say they're viewed equally in terms of difficulty. I'm applying this cycle, so feel free to PM me in the spring to see if I underperformed my numbers (which are significantly above every school's 75th).
2) Did I enjoy PoliSci as a major? Yes-I liked my classes (most of them, anyway) and I was legitimately interested in the subject matter. That being said, would I recommend that you choose it as a major (at least as your sole major)? No, and here's why:
I, like you, knew before choosing my major that I wanted to go to law school, so I was somewhat less concerned about picking a major that was employable directly out of UG (I also started UG and chose my major before the great recession). This was a mistake. All of the top schools prefer applicants who have been out of school for several years, and having some impressive WE in those intervening years can be an important soft. You are unlikely to be able to obtain impressive WE with just a PoliSci major. You can always be a K-JD, but that will also hurt your chances at admission at the best schools. Furthermore, it's possible you could change your mind about wanting to go to law school. I know you said you have an offer at a friend's company, and that's great to have as a backup, but please don't rely solely on that.
Can you at least double major in PoliSci and something more directly-employable (i.e. Finance or go back to Econ as a double major or Health Administration or even an in-demand foreign language like Mandarin or Arabic) if you have your heart set on PoliSci?
If you go the PoliSci route and are not planning to do K-JD (and again, I would strongly advise that you not be a K-JD, partly for the impact on your admissions prospects but largely for the value of having a year or two or three away from school to travel, work, mature, etc.), my advice is to network like hell while in UG and try to get some prestigious internships to set yourself up for a job after graduation.