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Featured MA Students 

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Amanda Mendoza

Although I have always had an interest in political science, I wasn’t aware of the depth of my passion until I took nearly all the political science courses offered at Cypress College. My formal introduction to the subject quickly grew into a desire to further my education. Once I obtained my AA degree from Cypress College, I was lucky enough to be accepted to CSULB and began my upper division course work in Political Science with an emphasis in Global Politics. My classes on development and international relations helped me gain a much deeper understanding of how the world works and my passion for the subject grew exponentially. After completing my BA at CSULB in 2012, I spent some time in the private sector but felt the overwhelming pull to return to the academic world. I applied to and was accepted to the MA program at CSULB in the Spring of 2015. My major is in International Relations, with a particular interest in Climate Change, and my minor is in American Politics. Though it has been one of most challenging experiences, it has by far been the most rewarding. This experience has challenged me in ways I would never have expected, but I enjoy seeing my passions and ideas become products of quality work. This life changing experience is made possible by the supportive and incredibly knowledgeable faculty and fellow classmates. Along with all the knowledge I have gained throughout my time at CSULB, I have grown as a person and have developed what I know will be lifelong friendships. I plan to teach at the community college level once I graduate with my MA in the spring with the possibility of applying for PhD programs in the future.

 Spencer Lindsay

Spencer Lindsay

I’ve had an interest in politics from a young age. As an undergrad I attended the University of Wisconsin where I was lucky enough to have a great deal of hands on experience in the field, through internships with campaigns and members of the state legislature. After graduating, I worked on a campaign for a few months before deciding to move back to Southern California after the election. Quickly after returning to my hometown, I realized that I had a passion for education, and decided to get a Masters degree at CSULB with the ultimate goal of becoming a professor. CSULB has enabled me to gain a great deal of valuable teaching experience to work towards that goal. As a teaching assistant I have lead plenty of review sessions, and often interact with students to help them better understand class material. I have even been able to obtain a lecturing internship at Golden West College which I am doing for credit as a College Teaching Practicum within the Political Science department at CSULB. The Master’s program has also enabled me to gain a great deal of research experience. I have presented my work at several different conferences including CSULB’s Graduate Student Research Conference, as well as the Western Political Science Association’s annual meeting. The best thing about the political science department at CSULB is the fact that it is a small and close-knit community. My fellow students and I often socialize outside of class, and are always willing to help and support each other when things become difficult. Likewise, the professors at CSULB are extremely helpful and kind. They are willing to help you be successful within the program and outside of it. Without this system of support obtaining my degree would be much more difficult. As for what’s next for me, after finishing the program this fall, I plan on applying to Doctoral programs and/or looking for jobs at the community college level. This program was a perfect fit for me, and helped me move forward towards my career goals tremendously. The skills I developed, both as a student and as an employee of the university, will doubtlessly be useful for me going forward.

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Adam Collins

Originally from Michigan, I moved to Long Beach in 2011 and enrolled at CSULB that fall semester. I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from CSULB in 2013, with a concentration in political theory. After graduation I interned for U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal and worked on several political campaigns in the Long Beach area. In 2015 I realized that the trajectory I had chosen wasn’t as appetizing as I hoped it would be. It was then that I decided to apply to CSULB’s political science graduate program with the intent of becoming a collegiate professor. I considered political science graduate programs at other universities, but decide on CSULB for several different reasons. The strong academic credentials that the department faculty bring into the classroom, along with the intimacy of the program, that in turn facilitated beneficial and meaningful relationships with cohorts, were among the reasons. CSULB’s program ranked as a first choice in furthering my academic career. I am looking forward to continuing the graduate program this fall semester.