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Career Opportunities

A degree in politics and international affairs with a liberal arts focus puts our graduates in high demand at top law schools, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private companies.

A politics and international affairs degree leads to a variety of career opportunities.

Around 96 percent of our graduates are employed full-time, enrolled in postgraduate schools, or participate in internships or fellowships within six months of graduating. Twenty percent of our graduates attend law school at prestigious schools such as Harvard and Stanford; others go on to earn a master’s degree in areas such as public policy, public administration, journalism, communications, international affairs, and religious studies (including divinity degrees); some go on to PhD programs and pursue academic careers. Many Furman politics and international affairs alumni have gone straight into the workforce, finding careers with organizations such as:

  • Teach for America
  • Lobbying firms in Washington, D.C.
  • Public relations firms
  • Capitol Hill
  • The White House
  • Executive branch agencies
  • Special interest groups
  • State Department
  • Law enforcement
  • Military
  • National and international non-profit organizations
  • Investment companies

A degree in Politics & International Affairs can lead to employment in a variety of professions. Click on the links below to learn about careers and opportunities for POL majors.

Our students are prepared for any marketplace thanks to our diverse curriculum and our flexible program, which allows for double majors, interdisciplinary minors, or electives designed to fit a range of interests.

Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy Masters Program

Masters of Public Policy Overview

Furman has partnered with the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy to offer our students exclusive benefits for applying to and enrolling in the two-year, full-time Master of Public Policy program.

Read the Masters of Public Policy Overview

Masters of Public Policy Frequent Questions

See the answers to the most frequently asked questions about the partnership opportunity.

Masters of Public Policy Frequently Asked Questions