College of Arts and Sciences

HAPS Alumni Reflections

Students graduating from the Department of Historical and Political Studies establish successful careers in a variety of professional fields. 

Below are examples of what recent some alumni have to say about their experiences in the Department of Historical and Political Studies. View recent alumni employers and schools.

Rylee Cella ‘19

International Studies & Spanish double major; Product Development Specialist, Gate 1 Travel

“In the Arcadia HAPS Department, the world was my classroom and my opportunities were endless. My professors did not simply teach me about the world, they encouraged me to participate in it through active citizenship, internships, debates, and study abroad. Because of my experiences in the HAPS Department, I am a confident professional and leader who is able to adapt and thrive in and out of the workplace.”

Michael Costigan ‘20

History major, Secondary Education minor (Social Studies certification); Social Studies Teacher, School District of Philadelphia

“The dedication of professors, wide variety of course offerings, and immersive experiences challenged my assumptions and pushed me to think about the world from an interconnected, holistic perspective.”

Josephine Lippincott ‘16

History & International Studies double major; Master’s student in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago

“Working as a research assistant for faculty in HAPS was most valuable for me because it helped me figure out my research interests. The combination of courses and research experience helped me to determine that a Masters was my next step and that I'd like to explore career options in public policy or with a think tank.”

Cliff Long ‘17

Political Science major, International Studies minor; English Teaching Assistant, South Korea, Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program, 2018 - 2020

"The most valuable part of my time in the HAPS department was the many different research focuses of the professors and the courses that come out of that. With such a wide offering of courses, it's easy to explore your interests and learn about topics you wouldn't have otherwise thought about."

Julian Morein ‘20

Political Science major, Law & Public Policy minor; Constituent Service Representative, Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus

“The sense of community within the HAPS Department is invaluable. My professors and fellow students regularly engaged and challenged me. I could regularly talk with my professors about both their classes and current events. The second floor of Easton Hall itself is always full of fellow students excited to learn and I could always count on running into a good friend in the halls to discuss our shared love of all things political and historical.”

Rebecca Smith ‘16

Political Science major; Legislative and Communications Consultant, Delaware County Intermediate Unit, and Councilwoman, Municipality of Norristown

“The flexibility in course offerings and travel opportunities, combined with the ability to build relationships with professors, means that Arcadia can provide the unique opportunity to not just learn about the world, but to learn about the world by seeing and doing."