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Major Government
Influential. Judicious. Communicative.

Sound like you? These are just a few personality traits found in government and public affairs, a career field that is committed the advancement of the public good through service, policy, and law.



creating and sustaining relationships with the community; advocating for change; public speaking; making presentations; oral and written communication; research; understanding of legal procedures; understanding of local, state, and federal governmental functions; leadership; analyze ethical dilemmas; problem solving



paralegal, environmental consultant, lobbyist, attorney, foreign services officer, intelligence analyst, government auditor, corrections educator/officer, congressional aide, court administrator, local/state/national politician, policy analyst, political scientist, fund raiser, market and survey researcher


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Major Classical Studies

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Major Communication Studies

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