In political science, students have a wide variety of backgrounds, interests, and career aspirations. As our range of possible concentrations in the department suggests, students interested in law school, public affairs, government service, graduate school, or international studies obtain a solid background with the courses offered. Comparative politics focuses on the politics and government of other countries, an activity that is essential for students to fully appreciate their own country’s political system. In addition, some comparativists seek to identify and explain broad patterns in the conduct of politics and government across many countries in the world. Many political science majors go on to obtain advanced degrees in law or political science. Some students build upon their internship experiences to pursue careers in politics or government.