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Featured MA Students 

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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. 

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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.