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What Can I Do With This Major for Majors in History and Political Science



History is the study and research of major social, political, cultural, and economic events of the past, and provides a perspective on events that have shaped the contemporary world. The history department offers an array of two hundred course offerings and many research opportunities. Classes focus on areas such as Global History, European History, U.S. History, and Premodern Civilization. The political science major is designed to expose students to the philosophical and practical problems of political organization, action, and governance and to encourage critical thinking about the nature of citizenship, rights, and duties in the modern world. The curriculum is divided into three general areas: theoretical approaches to politics, American institutions and politics, and foreign and international politics. Coursework focuses on Politics, American Government, Law, International Relations, and Foreign Politics.

History and political science graduates work in a wide variety of areas including business, law, politics, social service, and education. Many of these students pursue advanced degrees, some in related fields and some in other areas. Many careers do not require a specific major but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments. Regardless of your career choices, increase your marketability to employers through internships, responsible work experience, good grades and involvement in college activities.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Archivist Historian Lobbyist
Business Manager Historic Preservation Specialist Market Research Analyst
Community Action Specialist Historic Site Administrator Museum Curator
Community Relations Director Historic Site Tour Guide Nonprofit Administrator
Consumer Advocate Historical Society Staff Member Politicial Scientist
Diplomat Human Resources Specialist Politician
Economic Development Analyst Insurance Agent Public Administrator
Editor/Writer International Banker Public Policy Specialist
FBI/CIA Agent International Relations Specialist Public Relations Specialist
Federal Investigator International Trade Specialist Teacher/Professor
Foreign Service Officer Journalist Writer/Author
Government Agency Admin Lawyer .

Types of Employers


Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Archives Cultural Organizations Museums
Banks Educational Institutions Newspapers/Magazines
Book/Magazine Publishers Foundations Polictical Organizations
Civic Organizations Historic Sites/Historical Societies Professional Associations
Collection Agencies Insurance Companies Public Interest Groups
Community Arts Centers Labor Unions Public Relations Firms
Community Organizations Law Firms Radio Stations
Consulting Firms Libraries Research Firms


Government Agencies
CIA/FBI Federal/State Congressional Offices Peace Corps/AmeriCorps
Department of Commerce General Accounting Office Smithsonian Institution
Department of Justice National Archives & Records Administration U.S. Customs Service
Department of State National Endowment for the Humanities U.S. Information Agency
Drug Enforcement Administration National Park Service .

Internships Obtained by Rutgers Students


Organization Job Title
CBS News CBS News Intern

CBS News Production Intern

Committee on Appropriations, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington D.C. Appropriations Committee

Law Champs Legal Clerk

Mobile Xoom Sales and Marketing Internship

Teach for America Campus Campaign Coordinator

The Tyler Clementi Center TBA

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates


First Jobs of Recent Graduates - History and Political Science
Organization Job Title
Baker and McKenzie Legal Assistant

Chase Manhattan Bank Financial Analyst

Colonial Penn Insurance Health Claims Examiner

County of Union Program Development Specialist

Ford Motor Credit Customer Service Representative

Gloucester High School Social Studies Teacher

Guy Carpenter and Company Account Analyst

IRS Taxpayer Service Representative

Linn Hill School Kindergarten Teacher

Lord and Taylor Department Manager

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Jobs of Experienced Alumni - History and Political Science
Bloomfield Public Library (MLS) Library Director

Carretta Trucking Marketing Manager

Coe College (PhD History) History Professor

Coopers and Lybrand Human Resources Manager

Cucker, Kraws & Bruh (JD) Real Estate Attorney

Easter Seal Adult Training Center Instructor

Elsevier Science Publishing Associate Publisher

George Meany Center for Labor Studies (MA Political Science) Senior Staff Associate

Gerontologic Services, Jewish Family Service (MSS) Specialist

Gordon Publications District Sales Manager

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Graduate Schools Attended


Institution Degree Field
Boston University JD Law

Georgian Court College PhD History/Social Studies

Howard University PhD Entertainment Law

Lehigh University PhD American Studies

New York University MA Music Technology

Princeton University PhD Psychology

Rutgers University MA Special Education

Rutgers University PhD Communication

Rutgers University MA Public Policy

Rutgers University PhD Political Science

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