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.

Job Titles

Activist, Advocate/OrganizerInternational Research SpecialistPolitical Commentator
Archivist, Online Political DataHistoric PreservationistPollster
Attorney / Lawyer*Immigration OfficerPublic Affairs Research Analyst
Benefits AdministratorInformation ManagerPublic Opinion Analyst
Budget Examiner or AnalystIntelligence Officer or Analyst*Research Analyst
Campaign OperativeInternational Agency OfficerSpeech Writer
City Housing AdministratorInternational Research SpecialistState Legislator
Congressional Office/Committee StafferPolicy AnalystStudent Affairs Administrator*
Coordinator of Federal or State AidHistoric PreservationistSurvey Analyst
Corporate Public Affairs Advisor*Immigration OfficerSystems Analyst
Corporate AnalystInformation ManagerTeacher*
Customs OfficerIntelligence Officer or Analyst*University Professor*
DemographerInternational Agency OfficerUrban Policy Planner
Diplomatic Officer*JournalistStudent Affairs Administrator*
Editor, Online Political JournalIssues Analyst, Corporate Social Policy Div.*Survey Analyst
Federal Government AnalystIssues Analyst, Corporate Social Policy Div.*Systems Analyst
Foreign Service OfficerLegal AssistantTeacher*
 High School Government Teacher*Legislative Analyst / CoordinatorUniversity Professor*
Historic PreservationistLibrarian*Urban Policy Planner
Immigration OfficerLobbyistIssues Analyst, Corporate Social Policy Div.*
Information ManagerManagement AnalystPlans 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.


This is a limited sample of employers who have posted jobs on NUworks; please note, that they may not currently have positions posted.
Global PotentialNational Democratic Institute
Litigation Solutions, LLCPP/A Program
Microfinance Global BrigadesWorld Boston


This is a sample of the industries that often hire this major:
EducationSocial Services
GovernmentSocial Justice

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 NUworksSimplyHired.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.


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Campus Organizations & Activities

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Professional Associations

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Social Media

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.

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