Marymount Manhattan

After MMC

The political science major prepares students for careers in law, business, journalism, criminal justice, state, local, and federal government, political campaigns, interest groups, and high school and college teaching. The major gives students the tools to effectively participate in community organizations, electoral politics, and social movements.

Upon graduation, our majors have pursued an exciting range of options, from political campaigns and PhD programs to election monitoring and the Peace Corps. Each year, a percentage of our majors apply to competitive law schools across the country. Other graduates have worked for political parties, or elected officials. A number of our majors have started their own businesses. Some have found jobs in the federal government, or at the state or local level.

We regularly invite alums back to campus to talk to our current students about career opportunities and the world outside the classroom.

Legal Career Opportunities

Political science students who are interested pursuing a legal career often find employment with corporations, labor unions, trade associations, government agencies, or the foreign service. It is important to realize that law-trained individuals also apply their skills to other than traditional law practice. A political science background coupled with legal training can be an invaluable asset for those interested in public administration or politics.

Federal Government Career Opportunities

Many political science majors seek employment with the federal government. The federal government structure is extremely large and varied and the job opportunities are numerous. A federal government job can cover a wide variety of areas: a teacher in an overseas control school for military or diplomatic children, a junior administrator, budget or personnel assistant to a US overseas installation, or in a government agency inside the US; or a program analyst in the Environmental Protection Agency. You might also be interested in becoming an aide on the staff of a Congressional committee or work in the office of a member of Congress.

State and Local Career Opportunities

Many political science majors seek careers in state and local governments. State and local governments are hiring more people because they are being asked to deal with a wide range of societal problems. The states are taking increased responsibility in such areas as equal opportunity, consumer protection, highway safety, water pollution, soil conservation, the rehabilitation of addicts, industrial development, and manpower training.


Our alumni have become distinguished in the fields of law, government, politics, civil service, private corporations, public relations, and teaching. The Political Science Department has made special efforts to keep in touch with alumni who are prominent in their fields, especially in law, inviting them back for frequent contact with our current students, both formally as guest lecturers in classes and informally at get-togethers with undergraduates.

Faces of MMC

  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1322-matt-corridoni"><img src="/live/image/gid/116/width/215/src_region/66,7,338,279/10089_matt_corridoni.jpg" alt="Matt Corridoni" title="Matt Corridoni" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “Going to Marymount meant that I was never “just a number.” Class size and relationships with my peers and professors allowed me to excel in ways that students attending other college’s and programs do not. Whether it was presenting at Honor’s Day, attending class at the Bedford Hills Campus, participating in mock trial at Yale, or leading a student government meeting, Marymount allowed for me to be an active member of the community and have a hands-on learning experience. Opportunities, diversity, and lasting relationships set Marymount apart from other college’s and university’s and unlock many doors to the future.”  </p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1322-matt-corridoni">Matt Corridoni</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2013, Major in Political Science</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1283-molly-ward"><img src="/live/image/gid/116/width/215/src_region/0,2,608,610/9667_mward.jpg" alt="Molly Ward" title="Molly Ward" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “I’m hyperaware of the advantages that MMC and the Political Science program gave me in pursuing political reporting as a career. My coursework provided the solid foundation in American politics that has helped me stand out in my positions. I was lucky to have professors who pushed me to do the best work possible in every venue from the classroom to the newsroom. I’m extremely grateful for the excellent experiences I had as a student at MMC and the way it has prepared me a great career.”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1283-molly-ward">Molly Ward</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2015, Major in <a href="/departments/political-science/">Political Science</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1243-sameera-uddin"><img src="/live/image/gid/116/width/215/src_region/287,464,687,864/9356_sameera_uddin_ir_pic.jpg" alt="Sameera Uddin" title="Sameera Uddin" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “What excited me most about the IS/PS program at MMC is the dedication of the professors and the students at the department. When I was a freshman at College, I believed that a problem our generation was facing was ‘lack of curiosity.’ The IS program opened my eyes into the world of research and how we can use research to ask questions about the world in which we live in. My current work is a testament to that. The IS program allowed me to incorporate my own culture and ethnic background in my studies and reimagined the ideal culture of an undergraduate experience. The professors who served as mentors prepared me for any kinds of career, I wanted to pursue. The skills and experiences I have gained as a student in this program, enables me to translate what I have learned and share with those that I have left behind.”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1243-sameera-uddin">Sameera Uddin</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2014, Major in <a href="/departments/political-science/" target="_blank">Political Science</a> and Minor in <a href="/departments/international-studies/minors/international-studies.php" target="_blank">International Studies</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1142-alex-kane"><img src="/live/image/gid/116/width/215/src_region/0,20,467,487/8869_alexglojo.jpg" alt="Alex Kane" title="Alex Kane" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “Marymount Manhattan College was wonderful in varied ways. Small class sizes enabled my close relationships with professors and allowed me to dig into political theory and history while connecting it to the issues I am most concerned with. Professors encouraged me to follow my passions, leading me to obtaining the Jeanette K. Watson Fellowship. And then, of course, there was the small matter of living in New York City. I was simultaneously part of a small, vibrant and engaged community at college while also being part of larger communities in New York. <strong>I loved every minute of it</strong>.”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1142-alex-kane">Alex Kane</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2011, Major in <a href="/departments/political-science/">Political Science</a></p></div>