History, Political Science & Criminal Justice



The rapidly growing fields of criminal justice, history, law, political science, and global studies offer countless job opportunities today. Graduates work in social studies education, forensic psychology, homeland security, juvenile justice, business, law enforcement, and more. Rivier’s history programs are designed to offer a broad global and historical perspective, while providing opportunities for research and analysis. All programs in the department offer a strong hands-on, field-based component. 

Rivier’s undergraduate programs prepare students to teach social studies, work in the public or private sector, or continue their studies at the graduate level. Alumni of the program are working for the FBI, National Passport Center, U.S. Customs, Department of Justice, the state of New Hampshire, and private law firms, to name a few.

The University’s global studies program is designed to prepare students to be effective global leaders. As the wide range of areas in which the United States is engaged economically, culturally, diplomatically, and militarily shows, the United States must prepare the next generation of national, regional, and local leaders with an understanding of global development and the United States’ role in that development. Consistent with Rivier University’s mission, the global studies program offers students a global perspective and opportunities.

Our master of arts in teaching social studies program offers two tracks: one for current teachers seeking an advanced professional degree and one for prospective teachers seeking New Hampshire state certification. Aspiring teachers will take a blend of content, method, and practice courses and current teachers can expect to do advanced work in educational theory and pedagogy and select electives in their specific area of interest.

Rivier Advantages:

• Our history and political science programs are flexible, giving you the option to combine these majors with electives in literature, art, foreign languages, economics, and other fields of interest. 

• Real-world experience is an important part of all programs in the department; criminal justice majors are required to complete an internship or practicum in the field, and history or political science majors are encouraged to complete a special assignment in their area of interest, whether it’s working on a political campaign, a research project, or for a historical society or museum.

• Rivier’s Student Government Association and the Model United Nations program offers students unique cocurricular opportunities to enhance their academic and career preparation.

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