History, Political Science, and International Affairs
History at Northeastern emphasizes the study of national and regional histories as well as of the global exchanges between nations, regions, and cultures. Experience in conducting original research is a hallmark of the undergraduate program. Faculty research and teaching focus on Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, Russia and the Soviet Union, the Atlantic World, the Middle East, and on the histories of race; imperialism and colonialism; violence and war; political and social movements; cultural history; women and gender; and public history. With guidance from their faculty mentors, History majors have won numerous research scholarships. In addition to University-sponsored semester abroad programs, History students regularly participate in month-long summer Dialogues of Civilization courses taught by History faculty in world cities, such as Prague, Istanbul, Accra, Beirut, Budapest, or Beijing.
Political Science offers a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree that covers the major fields in the discipline, with specializations in Law and Legal Studies, Security Studies, International Relations, Public Policy and Administration, Comparative Politics, American Political Institutions, and Identity, Culture, and Politics. In each of these areas, we introduce students to core introductory courses, followed by a wide variety of upper level courses to help you explore key topics and issues in greater depth. Required courses in political theory and research methods develop the leadership skills that enable students to apply this knowledge in their co-op experiences and beyond.
International Affairs is an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare undergraduate students with the academic knowledge, cross-cultural awareness, and skills needed to thrive and lead in world society, while also promoting global citizenship and social responsibility.
International affairs at Northeastern University challenges students to engage across intellectual and geographic boundaries, while also asking them to think and act “locally” through academic coursework, experiential opportunities, and language proficiency centered in a particular world region. Thus, through breadth and depth, our students are well positioned as the next generation of global leaders – within NGOs, governments, corporations, and classrooms, finding meaningful ways to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.
|Activist, Advocate/Organizer||International Research Specialist||Political Commentator|
|Archivist, Online Political Data||Historic Preservationist||Pollster|
|Attorney / Lawyer*||Immigration Officer||Public Affairs Research Analyst|
|Benefits Administrator||Information Manager||Public Opinion Analyst|
|Budget Examiner or Analyst||Intelligence Officer or Analyst*||Research Analyst|
|Campaign Operative||International Agency Officer||Speech Writer|
|City Housing Administrator||International Research Specialist||State Legislator|
|Congressional Office/Committee Staffer||Policy Analyst||Student Affairs Administrator*|
|Coordinator of Federal or State Aid||Historic Preservationist||Survey Analyst|
|Corporate Public Affairs Advisor*||Immigration Officer||Systems Analyst|
|Corporate Analyst||Information Manager||Teacher*|
|Customs Officer||Intelligence Officer or Analyst*||University Professor*|
|Demographer||International Agency Officer||Urban Policy Planner|
|Diplomatic Officer*||Journalist||Student Affairs Administrator*|
|Editor, Online Political Journal||Issues Analyst, Corporate Social Policy Div.*||Survey Analyst|
|Federal Government Analyst||Issues Analyst, Corporate Social Policy Div.*||Systems Analyst|
|Foreign Service Officer||Legal Assistant||Teacher*|
|High School Government Teacher*||Legislative Analyst / Coordinator||University Professor*|
|Historic Preservationist||Librarian*||Urban Policy Planner|
|Immigration Officer||Lobbyist||Issues Analyst, Corporate Social Policy Div.*|
|Information Manager||Management Analyst||Plans and Review Officer, USIA|
|Intelligence Officer or Analyst*||Mediator*||International Agency Officer|
Positions that require additional education, training, or licensing are indicated by an (*).
Job qualifications are based not only on degree program, but on skills and experience. Students should seek out as many experiential opportunities in their fields of interest as possible, including co-op and internships.
|Global Potential||National Democratic Institute|
|Litigation Solutions, LLC||PP/A Program|
|Microfinance Global Brigades||World Boston|
Internships and Co-ops
These sample titles can be used to research internship opportunities:
- Campaign Intern
- State Legislature Internship
- Civil Rights Field Investigators
- International Program Internship
- Analyst Intern
- International Education Intern
- Public Relations Internship
Use NUworks, SimplyHired.com, Indeed.com, or other internship sites to search for openings.
For more information, please visit Cooperative Education.
Students enrolled in the College of Professional Studies may click here for co-op and internship information.
Websites for Career Exploration
- Bureau of Labor Statistics – Occupational Outlook Handbook
- MassCIS – Massachusetts Information System
- O*NET OnLine
- Vocational Biographies (username: NE Univ; password: RAZDE)
- Education Sector
- NIRA Think Tank Directory
Websites for Job Search
- H-Net Job Guide
- Peace Corps
- United Nations
- USAJOBS – The Federal Government’s Official Jobs Site
Career Development Videos
- Building An International Career
- Careers in Food Justice
- Careers in Non-Profit, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6
- Careers in Public Administration
- Careers in Public Policy, Part 1, Part 2
- Careers in Think Tanks and Other Research Organizations
Campus Organizations & Activities
For additional student activities click here.
Find valuable industry information, job sites, and professional networking opportunities.
- American Historical Association
- American Political Science Association
- International Society of Political Psychology
- National Coalition for History
- Political Science Quarterly
Sample industry specific LinkedIn groups. Stay on top of industry trends, company information, job listings, and networking opportunities. Visit LinkedIn for more information on how to leverage your social media network.