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|CAREERS IN HISTORY, POLITICAL SCIENCE & INTERNATIONAL STUDIES|
Historians work in a wide variety of fields beyond teaching.
Many historians work for the government particularly at the state and federal levels. For the federal government they work in virtually every branch and department. Some work recording the activities of their department, researching and writing institutional histories while others analyze information to help set policies and guide decision making. Many maintain and interpret historical sites for the Park Service and the Military. Historians work for the National Archives, the Library of Congress and in virtually every branch and department of the federal government. At the State level historians work in many of the same ways as their counterparts in the federal government and in preserving their state's heritage by researching sites prior to construction projects.
Public History - Preservation and Restoration
What can you do with a major in political science?
Do you want to use a political science degree to teach at an institution of higher education?
The vast majority of political science majors are employed by universities and colleges. Most positions in higher education require the terminal degree (a Ph.D.). Check out the authority on positions in higher education, The Chronicle of Higher Education:
Are you interested in pursuing a legal degree?
Political science is a common major for students who intend to complete a law degree. It should be noted that political science courses in college tend to be theoretical in their orientation—in contrast to the application of law that lawyers focus upon. Political science or any field of study that emphasizes reading/comprehension/logic skills are good backgrounds for law school. Check out this website for information on law schools and the LSAT (the standardized test required for admission to all law schools that are members of the Law School Admission Council):
Do you want to work in the public sector?
The following websites list government jobs in a variety of fields—at the local, state, and federal levels:
Are you interested in a career with a specific federal agency?
Try these federal websites for information:
http://www.cia.gov (The Central Intelligence Agency)
http://www.defenselink.mil/ (The Department of Defense—Civilian Jobs)
http://www.usdoj.gov/dea (The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration)
http://www.fbi.gov/ (The Federal Bureau of Investigation)
http://www.state.gov/ (The U.S. Department of State)
Would you like to use your political science degree to work for a research institution?
Look at these two websites—Heritage is a conservative think tank and Brookings a liberal think tank:
http://www.heritage.org/ (The Heritage Foundation—formulates conservative public policy)
http://www.brookings.org (The Brookings Institution—independent policy study
Thanks to Lucinda Baker for the above information.
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