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Current Featured MA Student Profiles


Sabrina van der Linden
(Entered fall 2014)

In 2013 I moved to the US from the Netherlands, where I had completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and a Master’s Degree in Constitutional and Administrative Law at the University of Leiden. I also studied for a year at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, where I earned a Diploma in Legal Studies. After moving to the United States, I wanted to broaden my academic horizons by studying political science. CSULB was the perfect place to accomplish this goal. I started the MA program in the Fall of 2014. The seminars are small and the professors are very approachable outside of class. I really appreciate their input on my professional advancement as well as the flexibility of the program, which allows me to focus on interesting topics, like the political context of contemporary legal issues. I enjoy research and I aspire to pursue this passion with a career in academia.

Brian Henderson

Brian Henderson
(Entered fall 2013)

I earned a bachelor’s degree with highest honors in sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. As an undergraduate, I  studied Ghana for one year as an international student and participated in the UCDC internship program in Washington, DC. After graduating from UCSC, I was hired as a Congressional Aide to US Representative Sam Farr. I then spent a year abroad, living in Hong Kong and then teaching ESL to Burmese refugees in Thailand. After returning to the United States, I began working for the Los Angeles Community College District where I hope to eventually become a political science professor.

I chose to attend CSU Long Beach because of the outstanding faculty and staff members in the department, and the evening class times allow me to pursue a graduate degree while working full-time. I love the small class sizes at CSULB, and my professors are terrific mentors who often suggest opportunities for professional growth.