History & Political Science - Career Choices


Students taking the courses offered by the History and Political Science Department at Holmes Community College sometimes discover a great interest in the disciplines covered, and choose to major in Criminal Justice, History, or Political Science for their undergraduate degree. When people consider careers with those majors, very often their first and last thought is: teaching.

And they're certainly right – in every discipline offered here at Holmes Community College by our department (Criminal Justice, History, Philosophy/Bible, and Political Science, in case you were wondering) – teaching and research in one's field is a very rewarding and satisfying use for your degree.

But as fun and life-affirming as teaching often proves, it's misleading to think that those are the only options available. For those who go on to graduate with a bachelor's or a graduate degree in Criminal Justice, History, or Political Science following their initial studies here at Holmes, the choice of future jobs is very diverse indeed.

Take a brief look at some of the following possibilities:

Criminal Justice

"The thin blue line" – Criminal Justice focuses on the means by which society seeks to regulate itself and protect its citizens. Holmes Community College provides a solid foundation in Criminal Justice for the student or law enforcement professional seeking an AA degree in this field. The curriculum exposes the student to different facets of the criminal justice system. The Criminal Justice AA degree is also designed to prepare the student who is eager to continue their education at a four year college or university. An education in criminal justice can lead to many exciting careers, with benefits including retirement and pension plans, vacation time, and health insurance. Some of the careers available in criminal justice are: police officer, probation/parole officer, crime scene investigator, postal inspector, victim advocate, juvenile rehabilitation, and research analyst. From the federal level all the way down to state and local, employment opportunities are numerous, and the job outlook suggests that this situation will continue for the foreseeable future.


Contrary to popular belief, history isn't a matter of memorizing dates, place and events. Nor, for that matter, is it a collection of dry, dead facts tucked away in a dusty textbook. Instead, history is a living, vibrant discipline continually refreshed by new discoveries and insights that bring the world of the past into a sharper focus. Far more than that, however, history is a tool for a deeper understanding of the world around us and how it came into being – and a guide to avoiding future mistakes.

A history major opens up a variety of career options – completing one's degree can lead to a rewarding career in teaching at all levels of instruction, from primary and secondary education to tenured professorship at a major university. Pre-Law and Pre-Medicine majors are often encouraged to adopt history as a minor, and both law and medical schools respond favorably to applicants who show a solid grounding in these and other social sciences.

But outside the ranks of teaching, history majors can find a number of jobs in government employment – virtually every Federal agency of any size has a historical section, as do all branches of the Armed Services. History majors are also attractive as potential recruits into the ranks of the Foreign Service and other government agencies, due largely to their solid grounding in liberal arts and wide knowledge of other cultures. Similar opportunities exist at the level of state and local government. In the business world, history majors, with their writing skills and talent for analysis, have a competitive edge in hiring decisions. Journalism is also a time-tested option for history graduates, as is the publishing industry.

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Political Science

War and peace, freedom of religion, presidential impeachment proceedings, the "dance of legislation," law and order, the nuts and bolts of running for office, the United Nations, the European Union, the "other" U.S. Constitution, the terrorist threat – all these and more are subjects of study in the discipline of political science. Holmes Community College offers political science courses that include American National Government, American State and Local Government, and Comparative Government. Each of these allows students the chance to examine the fascinating world of politics, offering insights into the personalities, institutions, and processes that affect almost every aspect of how we, as Americans, live our lives and interact not only with one another, but with the rest of the world.

Political Science has traditionally been regarded as the major of choice for those seeking a career in the legal profession. It also serves as a superb training ground for those interested in journalism, and is the gateway of choice to prepare one for a position in federal or state government. Those with a yen to run for public office find political science a helpful preparation, as do those aspiring to enter the world of federal or local law enforcement. Teaching is an option as well, with possibilities for employment at all levels from primary and secondary education to university and graduate school.

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And those are just a few of the many employment options available. If you'd like to learn more about job opportunities, or just simply want to discuss the courses offered, please contact any of us here at Holmes. We'd love to hear from you.