Alumni & Giving

Who We Are

CSU political science alumni have a commitment to enhancing civic engagement through their careers and research in both private and public sectors.

Our alumni apply their skills and political science expertise in a range of jobs, including work with research organizations, non-profits, local and state governments, and private corporations.

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What Should I Major in?

Top Employers of Political Science Graduates (2015-2020)

  • Colorado General Assembly
  • US Military
  • AmeriCorps
  • Denver Public Schools
  • Madwire Marketing
  • Poudre School District
  • Republican National Committee
  • University of Denver
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Top Job Titles of Political Science Graduates (2015-2020)

  • Legislative Aide/Paralegal
  • Marketing Coordinator/Manager
  • Sales Representative
  • Teacher
  • Associate Broker
  • Community Relations Coordinator
  • Field Director
  • Staff Assistant

Alumni Stories

Hear from a few of our alumni about their political science education from CSU.



Kirsten Silveira
Class of 2013

“The program at CSU provided me with critical knowledge of topics ranging from political theory to constitutional law, to policy analysis and positioned me to achieve my goals...I currently serve as a Process Improvement Specialist II for the City of Fort Collins.”



Alexandra Schweigert
Class of 2017

“Dr. Straayer provided one of the best experiential learning opportunities during my time at CSU. Additionally, I think that Dr. Straayer helps students learn to bridge divides on tough issues, work across the aisles to find inclusive solutions to challenging problems, and contribute to the collective impact that makes the political science department one of the best on campus!”



Gov. Bill Ritter
Class of 1978 and 1981

“It [a political science degree] maintains its value in a time when our nation seems pretty divided. Being able to solve problems is going to come down to people appreciating political science as a discipline that can actually help us bring people together as opposed to divide us.”



U.S. Senator Cory Gardner
Class of 1997

“The [CSU] political science department had a great impact on me. I especially want to thank Dr. Straayer for the impact that he had on me and generations of leaders in Colorado through the internship program at the Capitol. It was a remarkable experience where many of the lessons I learned then still apply today.”

Share Your Story

We love to hear from alumni. What are you doing now? How has political science shaped your path? Inspire current and future students with your story and connect with old classmates.


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