Politics - From Classroom to Career Freshman Year
Students who major in politics go on to a wide variety of careers. Many politics majors decide to attend law school and have been admitted to such schools as:
- University of Virginia
- Notre Dame
Some have chosen to pursue graduate study in political science and are attending, with full financial support, the universities of Chicago, Wisconsin, Washington, and North Carolina. Some have entered MBA programs at Fairfield and at other schools such as New York University, the University of Virginia, and Pace University. Others prefer to begin their careers right after graduating from Fairfield and have gone to work in:
- Private corporations
- Public and private non-profit organizations
- Government agencies
- Media/publishing firms
Use your academic advisor to explore Politics and other potential majors, minors, programs and courses, based on your interest. Which core courses fit best with your career goals? Work them into your schedule. Many students also look at programs in Peace and Justice, Asian Studies, Latin America and Caribbean Studies, International Studies, Women and Gender Studies, American Studies, Islamic Studies, Environmental Studies, and Irish Studies.
I have a big interest in current events, particularly American politics, and this major allowed me some unique opportunities to get involved. It connected me with knowledgeable professors in the areas that interest me... Classes are actually a very small part of the day, but I spend just as much time out of
Take a look at the Young Republicans and College Democrats clubs.
Politics Meets Careers
Look for our fall and spring Meet-and-Greet dinners where you can meet politics faculty members, connect with alumni and other students, learn more about the major or minor, and learn about internship and career opportunities. Talk to the department chair for details and exact dates.
"Politics was always something that interested me and Fairfield has a great reputation. The professors in the Politics Department are just incredibly brilliant. I think it's the coolest thing on the planet when something happens in politics and Dr. Marcie Patton (pictured, right) or (the late) Dr. John Orman will get called by the media for a comment. It's great to see that people across the country seek out their expert opinion on a topic.
The professors here are very engaging. They lead lively discussions and encourage students to contribute to the conversation. They freely dole out their own opinions, sometimes with the hope of sparking some light and humorous banter in the classroom. The professors always make sure every opinion is equally respected. I encourage students to talk to the professors. Their doors are always open for students."
- Michael Tellirico, Politics
What is your "dream job" after graduation? What are you passionate about? Talk to your faculty advisor and other mentors. As a politics major, how can you use your time at Fairfield to prepare for it through class work, internships, volunteer activities, summer jobs, leadership positions with clubs and organizations, and other relevant out of class experiences?
Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, was founded for the purpose of bringing together students and faculty interested in the study of government and politics. Talk to the department chair for details.
That's just the start. Take a look at this career information from other University offices that we think is also valuable to Politics majors.