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Life After Linfield

The political science major is, above all, designed to provide you with the written, verbal, critical thinking, and organizational skills needed to excel in a variety of careers.

Political science graduates pursue careers in: 

  • Law
  • Government and public service 
  • Business
  • Non-profit sector
  • Pre-collegiate education
  • Higher education
  • Political campaigns

Some graduates of the political science department are employed by:

  • The National Football League
  • American Cancer Society and the American Red Cross
  • US Department of Justice
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • National Conference of State Legislatures
  • Project Vote Smart
  • Yale University

To begin your networking with alumni, visit the Office for Career Development or the Alumni Office for additional information.

Political Science

Meet our alumni

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Joel Trousdale with students in Japan
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Teaching English in Japan
"No matter where you end up, teaching with the JET program is an amazing opportunity to experience a society and culture with significant influence throughout the world, and use your education at Linfield to serve as a cross-cultural ambassador."
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Image of recent graduate Keith Welch
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Meet Keith Welch
I am currently in my first year of a Master in Public Policy program at UC Berkeley. Although it’s intense, this program has been terrific so far. It’s especially exciting to be back in school with people who have so many interesting backgrounds and life aspirations. There’s always exciting things going on too - the Colombian Ambassador to the U.S. just stopped by campus today, for example.
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Rachel Axtman
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Driving forward gender parity
"You are worthy of a paying job."
Miriam Vargas Corona
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Miriam Vargas Corona
Providing resource navigation and assistance
"I learned how to use critical thinking in my political science courses, and I use that skill very frequently in my role as an executive director."
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Jordan Delapoer
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Creating stories with purpose and soul
"The two best tools I picked up at Linfield were the ability to form a sharp point of view and the ability to articulate it."
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Leanne McCallum
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Helping trafficking survivors
"In grad school, I found that I was ahead of many of my peers because I had already built my critical thinking and analysis skills at Linfield."
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Joe Gladow
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Alumni Profile: Joe Gladow
I am currently working as an English teacher in a primary school in Madrid, Spain. I also work with a volunteer organization based in Madrid focused on helping political refugees arriving in Spain with housing, employment, and other services.
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Alumni Profile: Meet Morgan Christiansen '13
About a year after graduating from Linfield I served as an AmeriCorps volunteer with Lutheran Community Services Northwest (LCSNW), a non-Morgan Christiansenprofit human services agency that serves communities throughout Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.