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Federal and State Officials
Courses in government, civics, and history will give you an
understanding of the structure of state and federal governments.
English courses are important because you need good writing skills
for communicating with constituents and other government officials.
Math and accounting help you to develop the analytical skills
needed for examining statistics and demographics. You should take
science courses because you'll be making decisions concerning
health, medicine, and technological advances. Journalism classes
will help you learn about the print, electronic, and broadcast
media and the role they play in politics. Take public speaking
courses, as communicating verbally is fundamental to a career as a
public official. A foreign language (especially Spanish) will come
in handy when interacting with constituents that do not speak
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