History, Political Science, and International Affairs


The undergraduate program in History at Northeastern University challenges students to think critically about the past, inspires them to examine their perspectives on the present, and encourages them to intelligently shape the future. The History major develops skills in research, reasoning, writing and presenting which can prepare students for careers in advertising, journalism, publishing and teaching. History majors also go on to graduate school in history, museum science, education, law school and business school. Many work in international fields.

The Political Science Department offers a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree that covers all the major fields in the discipline, including American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, and public policy and public administration.

Students who major in International Affairs focus on topics that are both historical and current in order to gain perspective on the forces that shape the events around us. Students will complete six required courses and six elective courses to be selected from courses in the International Affairs program’s categories of Regional Analysis and Global Dynamics.

Job Titles

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*
Legislative Analyst / Coordinator University Professor*
High School Government Teacher* Librarian* Urban Policy Planner
Historic Preservationist Lobbyist Issues Analyst, Corporate Social Policy Div.*
Immigration Officer Management Analyst Plans and Review Officer, USIA
Information Manager Mediator* International Agency Officer
Intelligence Officer or Analyst* Paralegal

Positions that require additional education or training are indicated by a (*).  

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


Corporations Museums and Historical Organizations
Cultural Resources Management Post-Secondary Education
Elementary Schools Publisher
Historic Preservation Societies Secondary Schools
Historic Sites and Museums Think Tanks
Law Firms State and Federal Government Agencies:
Libraries FBI, CIA, Bureau of Corrections, Government Accountabilitiy Office, Health and Human Services, US Marshals, Immigration and Border Control, National Park Service, Internal Revenue Service, Secret Service, Drug Enforcement Administration



These sample titles can be used to research internship opportunities in the field.

  • Campaign Intern
  • State Legislature Internship
  • Civil Rights Field Investigators
  • International Program Internship
  • Analyst Intern
  • International Education Intern
  • Public Relations Internship

To search for internship opportunities, log in to HuskyCareerLink, Career Services’ online job and internship bank for opportunities with employers seeking to hire NU students.


For more information, please visit the departments’ websites.

Students enrolled in the College of Professional Studies may click here for co-op and internship information.


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