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Masters in PoliSci- what's next? [18 Oct 2008|11:42pm]

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Hi all,
I just joined the  group and wanted to ask you a question. I have a masters degree in polisci (my BA was in the same field as well) and i have no idea where to look for a job. It seems like everywhere i looked they did not have anything appropriate. Well, first of all, I transferred from the university in Kazakhstan to complete my BA in the US. When i entered this field I always thought I would go into diplomatic, foreign service in my country. Well, after I came to the US I decided to get my masters degree as well. Well I also met my husband here, and I got married 2 yrs ago. He got his MBA from the same university I went to get my Masters. Anyways, I love Polisci. My concentration is comparative politics and international relations. I am having hard time finding a job. First of all, I am not a citizen, so it makes it hell of a lot harder to qualify for most government jobs. Second of all, I just dont know what to look for. I currently live in Houston, TX...and there is not much going on as far as foreign relations..So What am I to do? I am starting to regret my choice for graduate degree :(

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[09 Jul 2008|03:20pm]


I'm a high school senior getting ready to head to college next year, and I know that I want to go pre-law, but lately I've been toying around with what I really want to major in. I've planned on doing a double major with Political Science and something else.....but referring to the Political Science major, can someone tell me what to expect with it? I know it seems odd, but what is "embarking" on this major in college really like?

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[30 Jun 2008|04:23pm]


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APSA? [18 Feb 2008|04:04am]

Hello, I'm a Poli Sci grad and am currently unemployed looking for a job in that field. I was wondering if anyone has a membership to APSA? And if so is it worth the $40 membership fee to gain access to their job search site??
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Long shot... searching for a program [05 Feb 2008|09:29pm]

Hello :) I'm Becky and I'm a Poli Sci major looking to get my MA starting next year. I'm searching for schools right now and I'm wondering if anyone knows of any schools doing research specifically on primary elections?

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Minors [22 Nov 2007|01:03am]

I've finally found this community after searching for a while for a community that's dedicated specifically to political science majors. For the time being, I have decided on a political science major (although I haven't declared it yet).

However, I am undecided on which minor to pursue. I know that I want to obtain at least one minor, if not two (the second being in theatre, simply because that is a passion of mine!). Currently the ones I am deciding between are Spanish and sociology, although I'm sure there are other minors I might enjoy that could be useful in getting a job after I graduate.

I am most interested in the sociology minor. What I'm concerned about are any future benefits of being fluent, or at least relatively competent, in the Spanish language, since Hispanics are such a large minority in the U.S. At the moment I'm taking sophomore-level Spanish as a freshman because 10 credits in a foreign language are required for a B.A. at my university. I don't enjoy the class, and it's doubtful that I would enjoy any Spanish classes in the future, but I'm very worried about losing my ability to speak Spanish (at least at a basic level - I'm not proficient in it now) because I'm afraid I might regret it later when I search for a job.

Sociology interests me as a minor because the social sciences intrigue me, and I love learning about why certain aspects of society are the way they are.

Does anyone have advice on which minor might prove to be more be more useful after I graduate (I do plan to get a master's degree as well)? Or any advice on other minors that could be useful?

Lastly, I'd like to ask what are the best ways to improve my knowledge of politics, outside of political science classes. I only became interested in them my senior year of high school, so I have little understanding of some issues that I would love to be able to debate.

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Public Administration Paper [13 Nov 2007|03:27pm]

I am a second year political science student at the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario.

I am taking a second course titled Introduction to (Canadian) Public Administration. I love the content and always feel confident about the work that I have been doing through-out the course of the semester. However, thus far my grades do not reflect my eagerness or interest. I am sitting a high C+.

We have a major paper due and the topic that I have chosen is evaluating the role of the Auditor General of Canada.

I plan on explaining the duties and powers of the office as prescribed in the Auditor General Act, presenting the strengths (through an international audit that was conducted a short time ago) and the weaknesses (media reports and a memoir from a former Auditor General) of the office. I want to close by pulling on a contemporary example of how the office works (I have chosen the Passport Canada issue that arose a few months back).

I should have a rough draft of the paper complete by tomorrow afternoon. Is there anyone familiar with this subject or topic that would do a huge favor for me by reviewing the draft and making any suggestions?

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take my survey, please! [01 Nov 2007|10:13pm]

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[27 Oct 2007|01:44pm]

Hello, I am not a poli sci major but I am taking a first year poli sci class. I am writing a paper on the will of the majority and I wanted to include a section on socially acceptable ways of expressing political dissent. I am not having luck finding any sources on socially acceptable protest- does anyone know of any related theorists or authors that I could look up? I've been doing searches for scholarly articles using terms like "(acceptable OR effective) political dissent" but I haven't found anything... perhaps if I knew a name of a theorist who has dealt with dissent and responsible citizenship, it would help in my search. My prof suggested Habermas and I find that this has been useful in helping me find things about active citizenship, but not necessarily societal views on acceptable vs. unacceptable ways of expressing dissent. If you know of anything off the top of your head, I would be eternally grateful. I know it's a long shot, but I figure I may as well ask.
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I'm new and I like Poli Sci. [07 Oct 2007|07:09am]

Hello everyone.

I'm currently exploring majors and seriously thinking about Political Science as a major.
I love politics,history, philosophy ,economics and things like that.

I'm wondering a few things about political science, so here it goes...

1. What skills are needed to major in political science? Is there much math?
2. What are other people like in the major,in general terms?
3.What do are the main pros and cons of the major in your opinion?
4. What are the job prospects like with a political science degree?
Well thanks.
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Introduction [16 Apr 2007|04:03pm]

I just want to say hi since I just joined :) I hope this community is still active.

I'm a 2nd year Political Science major from Malaysia. I have decided to specialize in Political Theory starting next semester since I find myself drawn towards philosophy and ideas of the early thinkers more than any other aspect of P.Sci. But I have heard people say that Political Theory is pointless because theorists can just sit and moan and complain, and talk about a better world but don't do anything to change it. That kinda pissed me off, because I plan to apply whatever I learn into the real world. That's the reason I chose to major in P.Sci in the first place.
I wonder if I should choose another specialization like International Relations or Public Administration instead, for practical reasons? The truth is that I am a little intimidated by these courses and I am not sure I could handle them. Sometimes I even wonder if I am making a mistake majoring in P.Sci because the current world events seem to overwhelm me. But I want to be an active participant in something that could change the politics of the world, or at least my own country. I actually aspire to be a political analyst/journalist.

Any advice or comment is highly appreciated.
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[14 Apr 2007|03:48pm]
I'm currently a senior in high school that's debating on whether to go to Fordham or American next fall.  I know American has amazing political science and International Relations programs, but I haven't heard much about Fordham.  Does anyone know anything about their Poli Sci department (I'm going there tomorrow for an open house, but of course they're just going to play themselves up, so I sort of want to get some different/non-biased views on them)?  Purely based on their Poli Sci departments, I'd definitely go to American, but Fordham is much closer to home (I live 60 miles outside of NYC, in Connecticut) and plus, it's in NYC, which is a huge plus.

And does anyone know the political leanings of the faculty at American, especially their International Relations professors?  I know the student body is pretty liberal (so am I), but I haven't really heard if their professors are also left-leaning or not.  I definitely don't want a homogenous faculty, nor do I want a large amount of radicals (to either the right or the left), although I'd generally prefer having more liberal professors than conservative ones.

Thanks in advance.
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Trade and Justice question [12 Apr 2007|09:35am]
cross posted from my lj, so for those who have friended me and don't want to read it twice I'll put it behind a cut

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Newbie here [05 Apr 2007|07:34am]

Hi all, I'm new here, just felt like joining a group with other polisci majors. I have one year to go before graduating with my BA, and am currently swarmed with papers.

I was wondering if anyone knew of a good place to find information on the possible benefits of the UK adopting the Euro. Thanks!
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Foreign policy issues with African nations [02 Apr 2007|07:30pm]

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Hello all =) This is my first post. Whee~ I'm a Junior at Luther College and I'm hoping to go on to the Foreign Service after graduation. Or after law school... I can't decide. But anyway...

I have to write a 15-20 page memorandom for my US Foreign Policy class on some foreign policy issue that we haven't beaten to death in class (ie - Iran, Iraq, basically anything on the news today) and I'm having issues narrowing my topic down. I think I want to write about foreign aid given to African nations, but I don't know the FIRST place to start looking up information on the subject. Do any of you have any suggestions? I'd be ever so grateful for any help I can get. Thanks!

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Masters Programs in DC [26 Feb 2007|01:51am]

So, while I do have an interest in International Security, I've realized that I have an enduring fascination with achieving that through soft power, international economics, and studying democracy building. My original thought, before actually looking at any programs, was to go for some kind of Middle East Policy degree.. but here are the programs I've been looking at for my Master's and am very interested in thus far:

Institute for World Politics: Statecraft and World Politics, specialization in Democracy Building
American University: International Economic Relations**
American University: International Political Economy
Georgetown University: Security Studies

** This I had not thought of until today. I am currently taking a 500 level course on the Economics of European Integration, and working on a lot of Budget issues in the European Parliament... I have already taken Macro and Micro a long time ago, although I didn't do very well because I wasn't very focused. I am a bit obsessed with strategic formations of trade unions similar to (but not as political as) the European Union throughout the rest of the world, resulting in the paralysis of military activity within those zones (see the Schuman Doctrine). I could specialize in the trade-offs between Political and Economic gains in policymaking, but I am still afraid that this degree might either put me on a path toward a more economic career or make me ineligible for hire in the State Department and other Foreign Policy fields entirely. Getting the degree in International Political Economy would be slightly more kosher and historical, and less technically economic, but it also might make me.. well, not as special. Also, of course, with my interests being primarily Turkey and Iran, I'm not sure how important it is that my degree name reflect that, as long as my thesis does.

What are your thoughts on these programs? Are there any others you know about in DC that I should be considering (ruling out GW as far too expensive, of course)?
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Barack My World [23 Jan 2007|10:20pm]

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Hey everyone. So I created some images to show my support for Senator Obama in 2008 presidential election! That button is the link to some products that everyone should check out!

Cross posted, and feel free to delete if not acceptable!
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Nuclear Disarmament [10 Nov 2006|12:24am]

Contemporary policy makers, media outlets, and even political commentators seem vastly obsessed with North Korea’s push towards nuclear arms. Fear-stricken reports rank top international news daily; as such thoughts of a nuclear-armed Korea slowly consume the consciousness of the entire body of world citizens. Calls from all sides of the political spectrum are indeed demanding action to be taken against Kim’s rouge nation. This goes without saying, that this international problem is acclaimed to be a case-specific, one which will seemingly elude all future generations after Kim’s regime is finally dismantled or unarmed. Inherently, this produces a problem which unfortunately shall perpetuate itself until resolved. In fact, the problem lies not with rough nations such as the DPRK, or even with incompetent leaders such as Kim, but rather with our world leaders and their lack of resolve to work towards real nuclear disarmament. It’s infuriating to think that even policy makers believe that the status quo will endure onward, and that only a select number of “friendly” nations will have access to such weapons in the times ahead.
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[07 Sep 2006|09:47am]

I'm doing a research essay for my American Politics paper and for my topic I've decided on a contrast and comparison between Republicans and Democrats. A little bit from my proposal:

Research objectives:
To understand the origins and growth of the differences that divide Republicans and Democrats in American politics;
To identify and compare the similarities between Republicans and Democrats;
To analyze the effect of the Republican-Democrat divide in American history;
To predict the evolvement of the Republican-Democrat divide in the future.

Research questions:
How differently are Republicans and Democrats categorized by stereotypes and how accurate are such categorizations?
How did the distinction between Republicans and Democrats originate?
What effect has the course of history had on the differences and similarities between Republicans and Democrats? (Have they emerged, evolved and/or disappeared over time? Have similarities come to outweigh the differences?)
How have selected past presidents (Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon) performed in accordance to his Republican or Democratic affiliation?

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone could direct me to some useful resources. And more importantly I was after some general opinions on the topic?
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New Community! [01 Aug 2006|11:00pm]



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