What Can I Do With This Degree?

Our graduates go on to graduate and law schools and to rewarding careers in fields such as law, government, politics, intelligence analysis, law enforcement, business, lobbying, journalism, education and research.

In the Workforce

  • Law: Graduates who complete law school can join law firms, go into private practice, work for corporations, interest groups and nonprofit organizations, and serve in federal, state and local government.
  • Government and civil service: Graduates can pursue careers in government at every level: federal, state and local. They can work in the legislative, executive and judicial branches and in a wide variety of government agencies. Interested students should consider law school or a graduate degree in political science, public administration, public policy, business or international relations.
  • Intelligence analysis, homeland security and armed forces: Graduates can find careers in intelligence analysis, law enforcement, homeland security and national defense. Interested students should consider law school or a graduate degree in international relations or another appropriate field.
  • Electoral politics: Graduates can hold positions as campaign managers, legislative staff and elected officials and work for political action committees, special interest groups and political parties.
  • Nonprofit organizations: Graduates can work for foundations and organizations that promote the public interest in public health, education, the environment, labor, urban issues and civil rights.
  • International organizations: Graduates can hold positions with voluntary agencies, non-governmental organizations, international businesses, international governmental agencies and other international organizations. Interested students should consider a graduate degree in international relations, business administration or economics.
  • Business, lobbying and consulting: Graduates can pursue careers in management, public relations, human resources, sales and advertising, business and labor groups, as well as a growing variety of public interest groups dealing with such issues as the environment, public health and safety, and community development.
  • Journalism: Graduates can pursue print, broadcast and online journalism. Interested students should consider either a double major in English communications or a master’s degree in journalism.
  • Education and research: Graduates can pursue careers in public and private schools, colleges and universities, research organizations and think tanks focused on foreign affairs, American politics, public policy, the environment, the economy and various social problems. Interested students may need to pursue advanced training in education.