Celebrated Alumni

Those who earn a degree in Political Science go on to do amazing things. Some enter politics, even reaching the greatest heights, others enter governmental administrations to help the nation in their own, and others go into the private sector and make a mark for themselves. 

Graduates attend law school and graduate programs in political science and public policy.

Our undergraduates are well-prepared for careers in the public and private sector, including public administration and policy, public affairs, administration of justice, business, social work, and journalism. In addition, the Political Science major provides significant programmatic and academic flexibility for students who have not made a career choice and are primarily looking for an excellent liberal arts education.

The Department of Political Science’s graduates have an impressive record of gaining admission to law and professional schools in all regions of the country. Representative graduates include:

  • Kamala Harris, 49th Vice President of the United States
  • Elijah Cummings, member of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Shirley Franklin, former mayor of Atlanta
  • Kasim Reed, former mayor of Atlanta
  • Bill Johnson, former mayor of Rochester, NY
  • Elaine Jones, J.D., former Executive Director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Sharon Pratt Kelly, J.D., former mayor of Washington, D.C.
  • Alexander Williams, Federal District Court Judge
  • Paula McClain, Professor and former Dean of the Graduate School, Duke University
  • James Christian, Attorney
  • William Lightfoot, Attorney and former member of the District of Columbia City Council
  • John Brittain, J.D., civil rights lawyer and law school dean
  • Alice Gresham Bullock, J.D., former Dean, Howard University School of Law.

College of Arts and Sciences Recognition Ceremony for Social Sciences and Humanities Class of 2022

The Graduate School Annual Hood Presentation and Recognition Ceremony Class of 2022