PS & GS at Saint Mary's University

Here you find more information about majoring in PS or GS... both anywhere and specifically at Saint Mary's.

Major Requirements & Course Descriptions on the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota website:

Political Science at Saint Mary's

Global Studies at Saint Mary's

What Can I Do With This Major? (An external website to show career paths for numerous majors)

Table of Contents w/ All Majors

Political Science - What Can I Do With This Major?

Global Studies - What Can I Do With This Major? 

Public Administration - What Can I Do With This Major?  (A sub-field of Political Science)

Masters in Public Admin Net's Website  (For all things about earning an MPA, which is an MA in Public Administration)

Law - What Can I Do With This Major?  (Not a major at SMU, but a popular post-PS/GS at SMU route)

PS/GS Internships at Saint Mary's:  Internships can be done anywhere, but we often partner with two excellent programs:

The Washington Center and HECUA
SMU Career Services & Internships

Examples of Saint Mary’s University Political Science/Global Studies-Related Internships

Government and Political Organizations (National, State and Local)

  • City Manager Offices/Planning Offices in small towns, large cities and in counties
  • Chambers of Commerce, various cities 
  • Congressional Offices, US House of Representative, from both parties in Washington DC and in home districts
  • Executive branch agencies/offices: The Office of the President of the United States, the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Interior
  • Political campaigns for US Congress and various other races
  • State representatives’ legislative offices (in Minnesota, Illinois and Missouri)

Legal Settings

  • Private law offices in numerous states in numerous-sized firms and cities
  • County attorney’s offices
  • Other legal settings such as the Iowa Law Project (which offers free legal services)

International (Or international/cross-culturally-focused)

  • Alltel in Egypt
  • BBC News in Ireland
  • Corrymeela Community in Northern Ireland (a peace and reconciliation non-profit)
  • An orphanage in Ecuador
  • A foreign embassy in the US
  • Immigration-related non-profit/policy organizations in the US

Careers After PS & GS at Saint Mary's University

Graduate School Attended, Saint Mary's PS & GS Graduates

Graduate School & Program Type

  • Boston College: Ph.D. program in Philosophy
  • Coro Leadership Center (St. Louis): Fellowship in Public Affairs (About 70 Coro Fellows are chosen annually for one-year of post-graduate experiential-based public affairs studies)
  • Drake University (Iowa): MPA (Masters in Public Administration)
  • George Mason University (Virginia, in the Washington DC area): MPA
  • Hamline University: MPA and Ph.D. programs in Public Administration
  • John Hopkins University, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (Baltimore, DC and various international campuses): MA in International Relations
  • Lesley University (Boston) : MA in Intercultural Relations
  • Loyola University (Chicago): Ph.D. program in Political Science
  • Pepperdine Univ. (Malibu, CA): MA in Public Policy
  • Saint Mary’s Univ. of Minn, Twin Cities: MA in Various: Management, Human Development Student Leadership & Development, Public Safety Administration
  • Saint Mary’s Univ. of Minn, Twin Cities: MS in Information Technology Management
  • Saint Mary’s Univ. of Minn, Winona: MIB program (MA in International Business)
  • Saint Mary’s Univ. of Minn, Winona:  MAI program (MA in Instruction, with teaching licensure)
  • University of Kansas: MPA
  • University of Minnesota, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs: Master of Public Policy (MPP)
  • University of Minnesota: MA in Geography/Geography Info. Software (GIS)
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas: MA in Political Science
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison: MPA

Law Schools Attended, Saint Mary's Univ. PS & GS Graduates (2000-2012)

Law Schools Attended & Location

  • Drake Univ. (Iowa)
  • Hamline (Twin Cities)
  • John Marshall (Chicago)
  • Temple University (Philadelphia)
  • Thomas M. Cooley School of Law (Michigan)
  • Saint Thomas University (Twin Cities)
  • University of South Dakota
  • Wake Forest University (North Carolina)
  • William Mitchell (Twin Cities)
  • Whittier Law School (California)

Early Career Positions, Saint Mary's GS & PS Graduates

Examples of Early Career Positions, Saint Mary’s Univ. PS & GS Majors (excludes post law-school positions)

Employer: Position

  • AmeriCorps Volunteer: Promoting job skills/career counseling at a high school
  • Berlitz Language School in Cartagena, Colombia: Teaching English as a learned language
  • Catholic Worker House: Live-in Volunteer & Social Activist
  • City and county governments in various Midwestern cities in planning offices/manager’s offices and human resources offices: planners, managers and HR consultants
  • Express Employment Professionals (a private temp agency): Human resource work assessing and assigning temporary workers and matching to employer needs.
  • Feed My Starving Children (Chicago area): Volunteer coordinator
  • Kraft Foods (Twin Cities area): Sales analyst
  • Lasallian Volunteers, LEO Center (Oakland, CA): tutor, mentor and various other duties
  • Merrill Corporation (Twin Cities): Human resources
  • Minnesota Legislature’s Information Technology Office: implementing IT in the statehouse.
  • Minnesota Legislature: Legislative assistant, assist in drafting and flow of legislation.
  • Political campaigns (various geographic locations and levels of government such as the US House, US Senate and various state-level campaigns): Positions range from entry-level campaign work to campaign manager in a state-wide campaign.
  • Private High Schools, various cities: Community outreach, recruiting
  • Saint Mary’s University: Admissions counselor
  • Saint Mary’s University: Student Development Office
  • Saint Scholastica College: Director of Student Affairs
  • Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce: Manager of Local Government Affairs (i.e. a lobbyist & researcher)
  • Saint Paul Mayor’s Office (various mayors): Staffer/Aide to the Mayor
  • State Legislatures, various states: Staffer for state representative and state Senators
  • Semcac (A social services provider in SE Minnesota): Planning and Development Office
  • Target Corporation’s North Campus (Twin Cities): Human resources representative  
  • US Dept. of Agriculture (Twin Cities): Human resources
  • US Dept. of Homeland Security (Twin Cities): Human resources
  • US Dept. of Veterans Affairs (Twin Cities): Veterans Benefits Pensions Maintenance Center
  • US District Court (Minneapolis): Information technology department
  • US Foreign Service: Diplomatic Corps
  • US Military: Officer training school
  • US House of Representatives: staffer for various US Representatives from both parties in Washington and in district offices


Potential earnings for PS, GS & Other Majors

In 2011, the Georgetown University Center for Education and Workforce released a report entitled “What’s it Worth? The Economic Value of College Majors.” This report is based upon US Census Data and examines 171 majors. The findings indicate that there is a great deal of variation in projected median earnings among different majors. Earnings prospects for graduate degree holders are also discussed. To see where an undergraduate or a graduate degree in political science ranks in terms of potential future earnings, please view the full report and, in particular, the social science chapter at <<>>. 


(The text above, with some alterations, originally from the American Political Science Association <<>> and more specifically at <<>>.


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