Iím a political science major at the University of Minnesota and Iím scheduled to graduate at some point this summer. Iíve had law school in my sights since high school, but recently Iíve been considering alternative career options. Since I was about 5 years old and through my entire life, Iíve been building cities with blocks/Legoís, drawing literal and fictional maps, studying all kinds of maps, studying and discussing city issues online, playing Sim City, etcÖobviously this doesnít mean I should jump into this field, but I figure that itís worth considering since geography/city planning are probably my favorite hobbies. Anyway, Iíve been looking at Masterís programs in urban planning recently and it seems more and more enticing. However, Iím still relatively unfamiliar with the field and grad school in general, so Iíve turned here for help.
My GPA should be about 3.8 by the time I graduate and I havenít taken the GRE. Right now my plan is to look for a job doing whatever I can find where my fiancť lives and attends college, get married once I have a job, and go to law/grad school when she finishes her B.A. in a couple years. SoÖmy questions for you are:
-If I stay a bit longer through the summer and take an extra class or two, I could get a minor in geography. Is a polisci major/geography minor a good combo when looking at masterís programs?
-Would you recommend taking a little longer to get a geography minor, or does it not really matter?
-I have a 3.8 GPA, an internship with a ranking Minnesota state senator, a part-time job this fall, and Iím pursuing several internship/volunteer opportunities for my final semester(s). With those stats and hopefully a full-time job for a couple of years prior to law/grad school, what kind of GRE score would I need to get into top city planning programs? Would I have a shot at all?
-Finally, what other related careers and programs would you suggest given my degree, experience, and interests?
I realize these questions can be really hard to answer, but any input at all would be extremely helpful. Thanks for your advice!