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Government and Politics

American Studies students may go on to work for political campaigns, contribute to policy think tanks, promote education in civics and government, join the US Foreign Service, or run for political office. Many students develop important career connections in local, state, and national government by receiving internship credit toward their major for interning with political campaigns and in state or national congressional offices. Many students choose to live in Washington, DC, for a term or a semester in affiliation with BYU’s Washington Seminar, counting courses and Washington-based internships toward their major in American Studies. Students interested in careers in government and politics may usefully pair their American Studies major with one or more of the following career-related minors: Civic Engagement Leadership; Economics; International Development; International Strategy and Diplomacy; Political Strategy; and Urban and Environmental Planning.