Programs & Courses

Political Sci/Legal Studies Pathway

Career Strategies

  • Obtain experience by volunteering at a corrections facility or victims' program, such as a rape crisis center
  • Develop a network of contact through referrals and informational interviews.
  • Conduct research on topics that could be useful in your community such as homelessness, education, environment, economic development, etc.
  • Get involved in civic organizations and events.
  • Become familiar with government application processes. Many government jobs have strict guidelines; read the descriptions to guide what courses and experiences you need.
  • Develop skills in computers, statistics, economics and data analysis
  • Acquire foreign language and cultural competencies
  • Research the many specialized agencies within the state and federal government to find one that fits your interests.
  • Gain experience through internships in agencies, non-profits, campaigns, and legislatures.
  • Become a student member of professional associations:

General Strategies

  • Treat school like a job: attend, be on time, complete assignments, etc.
  • Attend programs and activities sponsored by the Social Sciences Area of Study and related Areas of Study.
  • Secure strong faculty recommendations; consider finding a mentor in your career area of interest.
  • Consider on-campus employment as a means to build your skills and your network of contacts.
  • Participate in leadership programs like the Leadership Challenge, Advanced Leadership Challenge or special leadership events and workshops on campus.
  • Attend the Career Development Center's workshops on resume, social media and branding.
  • Develop your resume and online presence via LinkedIn, Facebook, Weebly, etc.
  • Seek experience through part-time, summer or internship positions in an environment related to your program of study.
  • Actively participate in student organizations to develop leadership skills.  Learn to work well within in a team.
  • Conduct informational interviews and job shadow with professionals in fields of interest to learn more about opportunities.
  • Cultivate multicultural exposure by participating in campus diversity events.
  • Participate in service-learning events through classes or one-day volunteer programs (e.g. Cold Weather Shelter, Westminster Clean-up, Fairhaven, etc.).
  • Take classes in communication and public speaking (e.g.  Introduction to Speech Communication SPCH-101Advanced Public Speaking SPCH-201, etc.).
  • Look into joining the  Phi Theta Kappa, International Honor Society.