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  • What can I do with a major in Political Science?

    Political scientists conduct research on a wide range of subjects, such as relations between the United States and other countries, the institutions and political life of nations, the politics of small towns or major metropolises, and the decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court. Studying and evaluating topics such as public opinion, political decision-making, ideology, and public policy, they analyze the structure and operation of governments, as well as various other entities. Through academic publications, written reports, or public presentations, political scientists present their research reports and often identify new issues for research and analysis.

    What our graduates are doing...

    • Rebekah Bakewicz ('07) has been hired as part of the administratvie support team of ACDI/VOCA ( in Washington, DC. This private, nonprofit organization promotes broad-based economic growth and the development of civil society in emerging democracies and developing countries. (updated 7/2008)
    • Matt Bakko ('07) will be attending Washington University in St. Louis in the Fall of 2012 to pursue a Masters in Social Work. He served in the Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan as a Health Promotion Specialist, doing direct health education, health program assessments, grass-roots organizing and NGO capacity building work. (updated 4/2011)
    • Nick Boushee ('09) is pursuing his Master's Degree in Political Science at the University of California Riverside Mr. Boushee is looking forward to continuing on in the UCR Ph.D. program. (updated 6/2010)
    • Trisha Dewar ('08) is attending Harvard Law School. In May 2010 she took time out from her busy schedule to present the commencement address at Moorhead's MN State Community Technical College graduation ceremony. In Fall 2010, Trisha will be working as a legal intern at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom (one of the top law firms in the U.S.) (updated 6/2010)
    • Katherine Dolney ('09) is attending the Middelburg Center for Transatlantic Studies in the Netherlands where she will be attending classes on the Political Culture of Islam and the European Union. (updated 6/2010)
    • Ashley Griffin ('09) is working at the Washington DC office of Representative Earl Pomeroy (ND) as an intern during Fall 2009.
    • Ben Hanson ('09) looks forward to working on the upcoming MN Governor's campaign. (updated 6/2009)
    • Rebecca Johnson ('07) is in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs studying International Development with a major in Human Security. She is doing research at the Ford Institute for Human Security. There she is working on a project funded by the Canadian government which looks at IDP and refugees camps, in Africa, the abduction of children from these camps, and under what circumstances abductions or recruitment of children into the armed forces takes place. (updated 3/2008)
    • Jennifer Lindstand ('09) is attending Creighton University Law School in Omaha NE. (updated June 2010)
    • Justin Moen ('10) Will be attending the University of Georgia starting Fall 2010 pursuing a Master's Degree in International Studies. (updated 6/2010)
    • Noah Nelson ('09) plans to continue his studies in political science and earn his master's degree.
    • Justin Norris ('10) Will be attending the University of Georgia starting Fall 2010 pursuing a Master's Degree in Political Science. (updated 6/2010)
    • Troy Olson ('09) continued his studies at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Oxford University, England immediately after graduation. He will be attending Law School at St. Thomas College in St. Paul starting in Fall 2010 (updated 6/2010)
    • Ashley Peters ('07) is living in Maple Grove, MN and working as a personal banker. She is planning on getting married in October 2008.
    • Alexandra Robertson ('10) will be attending the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis MN starting Fall 2010. (updated 6/2010)
    • Cory Schumacher ('08) is currently serving in the military in Kosovo. In a recent email to Dr. Conteh he wrote, " Your classes dealing with Human Rights and International Conflict Resolution have helped me greatly. To talk about such things in class was interesting, but to see some of the real life situations first hand is a big eye opener. As you know, Kosovo is a war torn country and I help deal with each side on a daily basis." (updated 6/2010)
    • Amy Schutt ('10) will be attending the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis MN starting Fall 2010. (updated 6/2010)
    • Justin Schwegel ('07) is attending Georgetown University Law School. He was accepted into their Global Law Scholars program, an honors program with an international focus for multilingual students. Before starting Law School he working as a Peace Core Health Educator in Dongal Tursma, Guinea (a remote section of Guinea). He wrote grants for the organization, vaccinated babies and educated children in the mountain village about hygiene and disease prevention. His group was evacuated after 23 months of service due to political violence. He spent some time traveling in North Africa and Western Europe, then returned to the U.S. and taught French at Backus High School, Pine River. He spent the summer of 2010 in Chimbote, Peru working as a community volunteer with Los Amigos Del Padre Juan. He returned to the U.S. in the fall to begin studying for his J.D. at Georgetown. (updated 1/2011)
    • Matthew Sommerfeld ('07 minor) has been accepted at George Mason University for fall 2011. He will be focusing on American Politics and Comparative Politics while pursing his Ph.D. Matt served in the Ukraine in the Peace Corps. He taught English in Crimea and speaks Russian. (updated 4/2011)
    • Nell Streitz ('09) will be attending the University of Minnesota in Fall 2009 working on her master's degree in Political Science (updated 6/2009)


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    *The above information is pulled directly from the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor. For more information, please visit the BLS website.