Studying Politics develops capabilities which can be applied in many other areas of study as well as work. These include the following overlapping skills:
Analysis and logical thinking. The ability to sort things out and impose intellectual control on what is otherwise an overwhelming or confusing set of facts and opinions.
The capacity to make connections between events and ideas that may not be apparent at first sight. Recognising more than the immediately obvious, identifying ways of developing the ‘big picture’.
Critical detachment and perspective. To fully understand an idea or event one has to be able to separate oneself and one’s emotions from the matter at hand. One has to be able to escape the pressures of immediacy, see the historical context and the wider background to the issue, see the broader chain of cause and effect.
The ability to present knowledge, ideas and arguments in a clear, logical, well grounded and considered manner.
Another way that studying politics enhances intellectual development arises from its combination of theoretical inquiry and exploration of concrete matters.
After all, Politics is an engaged discipline: as well as reflecting on abstract argument it also deals with the ‘real’ world in the form of, for example, explaining and critiquing government policy.