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---> what degree you need to work in the CONGRESS (heck ya)

baller4lyfeballer4lyfe Posts: 1,214Registered User Senior Member
edited March 2005 in College Confidential Cafe
hahahahah...

well i was reading in my political science class right now , in my book, that congress has a helluva loada power......and i read how it coordinates stuff, rules, regulations, etc, and figured, 'jee, i'd like to be in there, doing some of those things....' :-)

so what degree would you need? if it's political science then forget it.


how about a law degree? anything like that? how about a phd in public administration? would that do?

i want to be in CONGRESS. hell yes.

and BTW, lol, if i sound totally dumb, like there's a huge requirement/restriction involved for working in the congress/house of representatives, i don't know anything about it....i just started poli sci bascially, a higher one, so gimme a break, will ya? haha.
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Replies to: ---> what degree you need to work in the CONGRESS (heck ya)

  • welshiewelshie Posts: 343Registered User Member
    There isn't any set requirements. Sure, some knowledge of Political Science will help you out in early elections but it isn't required.
  • averagemathgeekaveragemathgeek Posts: 265Registered User Junior Member
    "how about a law degree?"

    That is a popular degree for aspiring politicians (or aspiring lawyers who end up becoming politicians). However, it is by no means a prerequisite.

    You could also look at the biographies of various senators and see what they did.
  • SystemSystem Posts: 1 New Member
    ok first, BEING in Congress and WORKING in Congress are two entirely different things. If you WORK in Congress you likely work for a Congressperson in their office, setting schedules, speaking to constituents, etc. If you ARE in Congress, however, then you ARE that Congressperson or Senator.

    as for "requirements," those that WORK in Congress are usually Poli Sci, Law, International Studies, Public Policy, etc. majors, often working for little money in an internship.

    the only "requirements" for a senator/congressperson, however, are that they a) be elected, b) meet the age requirements, and c) be a US citizen. Their education levels and foci are incredibly diverse. to be sure, most are poli sci/law people, but there are a number of former businessmen (ex. Sen. John Corzine of NJ), a couple of MD's. (ex. Senate Majority leader Bill Frist), former teachers (ex. House Speaker Denny Hastert- HS teacher and wrestling coach), military heroes (ex. Sen. John McCain), and so on and so forth.

    basically, its less important what you study than how you go about getting people to like and respect you, both in the general public and in political circles (and you probably will need a flair for deal making and veiled threats to deal with the party hacks).

    that said, please post your name, because anyone who asks such a gibberish filled, ridiculous question, with a motivation of:

    "congress has a helluva loada power......and i read how it coordinates stuff, rules, regulations, etc, and figured, 'jee, i'd like to be in there, doing some of those things....' :-)"

    does not deserve to be there, and i think we would all appreciate knowing who you are so we dont make the mistake of voting for you one day on the off chance you make it on a ballot.
  • baller4lyfeballer4lyfe Posts: 1,214Registered User Senior Member
    GEEK, what kinda law degree would work?

    something like corporate law, perhaps?
  • averagemathgeekaveragemathgeek Posts: 265Registered User Junior Member
    "what kinda law degree would work?"

    You should do something that interest you.

    You should read Northrams post carefully. It has some important points. Namely,

    "basically, its less important what you study than how you go about getting people to like and respect you, both in the general public and in political circles"
  • ohnoesohnoes Posts: 1,130. Senior Member
    Do something. Get well known in your community. Run for office. Get well known over a bigger area. Run for a bigger office. Repeat until President, no particular degree required.
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