Postgrad & Career

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Students majoring in political science have pursued diverse careers such as law, foreign service, teaching at all levels, public administration, Congressional aides and committee staff members, White House aides, election campaign management, non-profit organizations, criminal justice, sales, public relations, business management, and journalism. The department provides academic and placement counseling for graduate and law schools.

Careers of recent graduates

Washington, DC

  • Congressional staff (e.g. legislative assistant, chief of staff, press secretary, campaign manager)
  • House/Senate committee staff (recently, Senate Judiciary Committee)
  • State Department, Justice Department, FBI, CIA
  • Lobbying groups
  • Republican National Committee
  • Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
  • Campaign management
  • Campaign consulting
  • Public interest groups
  • Think tanks (Brooking Institute, Heritage Foundation)

Others:

  • Development Office (Harvard University)
  • Internet start-ups
  • Music industry
  • Litigation financing
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Real Estate
  • Primary and secondary school teaching
  • Sales

Graduate school (recent graduates):

  • Ph.D, Boston College: Assistant Professor, University of Richmond
  • Ph.D, Brandeis Univ.: Assistant Professor, Holy Cross
  • Ph.D, Boston College: Assistant Professor, Duquesne University
  • JD/Ph.D, Univ. of Chicago: Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School
  • Ph.D, Univ. of Wisconsin: Assistant Professor, UAB
  • MPA, Texas A&M: Senior Scholar, Partnership for Prevention
  • Ph.D, Univ. of Texas   
  • Ph.D, Univ. of Virginia   

Law school admissions (recent graduates):

  • Harvard
  • Stanford
  • University of Chicago
  • Vanderbilt
  • William and Mary
  • Washington and Lee
  • George Washington
  • University of Tennessee
  • Washington University, St. Louis