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  1. #1 Poly Sci 
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    Hello, I am a senior in HS and going to college in the fall. But I am stuck between two similar majors. They are History Education with possibly a minor in Religious Studies or Political Science with a minor in International relations. I have come to you, the lords of knowledge, to inquire which you think is a better move in my part and possible career options for it.

    Just to tell you I would love to work for government in a congressional office after college.

    Thank you

    John


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    Given your stated goal, the second option seems most applicable. You'll need to study poli-sci, and have a firm foundation in history. You should also study psychology and social sciences, as well as law and/or study our constitution where possible. Finally, going into public service is great, but remain focused on what you want to achieve by doing so. For example, if you want to improve the environment, be sure to study a bit of environmental science and/or climatology. If you want to improve peoples lives, be sure to study a bit of biology and economics. If you just want to be rich and powerful, be sure to study finance and business (perhaps not such a bad idea regardless of what yo want to do).

    Good luck, and enjoy your studies. Please note that the comments above are hardly from a "lord of knowledge," and that your own choices are always most relevant and applicable.


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    I'm a junior in college studying exactly what your second option describes, political science with an emphasis on international relations, and a touch of foreign language. I am hoping for a career in a government also, the diplomatic corps or the foreign service. I would say go for poli sci! It's well worth it. There's a lot of history and religion in international studies; to understand current international relations you need a solid understanding of people's background and culture.

    I recommend going for international relations. No matter what you decide to do after college, the critical thought and understanding you will learn will get you where you want to go. But I agree with inow; following your own instincts is the most important thing. Good luck, and maybe you and I will meet up someday.
    I am a student, editor and tutor, and leader of the creative writing club at Hastings College. My major combines studies in political science, international studies, and communication studies. Visit my blog, www.staceyboyce.com
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    You can ground politics in history, but this also takes the zing out of them. For what you want to do, better drink the Kool-Aid now. I vote political science, and get yourself impassioned.
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    I voted history because you are more likely to meet your future wife there, and she'll be far more interesting as a history major.

    Speaking strictly about your career, Political Science would be a better choice.

    I say double major in Political Science and History.
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    Oh, because you just can't talk to history majors if you're a PoliSci major. And the women in the political science field are so droll.

    At my school, a double major in political science and history would be really hard. You'd be looking at like 100 pages of term papers every semester your junior and senior year.
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