Majors to Prepare Students Interested in Government, Public Administration, and Law

There are many majors at UConn that can prepare students for a career in the government, public administration, and law industry. Although there is no major at UConn specifically with that name, students can get creative when determining what academic path is best suited to their goals. You can use this article as a starting point, and then schedule a career coaching appointment with a staff member at the Center for Career Development for further information! 

Communication. According to the department website, students will “study the fundamental theories and principles governing all human communication processes.” Because government, public administration, and law careers all involve interactions with the public, learning about the best communication practices is highly relevant.  

History. Students in this major study historical events from all time periods and world regions. When working in government, public administration, and law, it is particularly important for a person to have a solid background in historical events so they can change old policies or create new ones. Furthermore, this degree teaches individuals to be skilled readers, writers, and critical thinkers, important skills for anyone to have.  

Human Rights. According to the department website, the “interdisciplinary program in human rights is committed to the integration of human rights theory and practice.” When working in a discipline that involves many interactions with the public, it is important to be aware of how to respect individuals of all backgrounds, including knowing the history of human rights. 

Political Science. This department allows students to take courses in various disciplines, including theory and methodology; comparative politics; international relations; American politics; public administration, policy, and law; and race, gender, and ethnic politics. Public administration, policy, and law courses are the most directly relevant, but having general political knowledge is also very applicable. 

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By Michelle Shavnya
Michelle Shavnya