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  • Minor in business.
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  • Become familiar with federal, state, and local job application processes.
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  • Acquire foreign language competency and travel experience for international positions.
  • Earn a graduate degree in political science or public administration for advancement.
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General information and strategies

  • emphasizes the development of the analytic skills exercised in close reading, cogent writing and clear oral expression

  • analytic rigor and critical reasoning, and is unique in combining normative inquiry, empirical methods, and formal tools of analysis. It integrates the study of the relationships of government, political processes, property, production, markets, trade and distribution from the standpoint of assessing these arrangements with respect to the interests and progress of humanity.

  • ability to process information, understand what motivates people, adapt to new situations, solve problems, think straight, and communicate effectively.