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Triple Major Begins Career with U.S. Department of State

Lebanon Valley College graduate Neal Rose

When Neal Rose ’18 began his journey at LVC, he had no idea his interest in Spanish would land him a job with the U.S. Department of State.

As a foreign affairs officer in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Rose serves as a policy expert on migration in Latin America and the Western Hemisphere.

“Public service has been the career choice for my family for generations, and I am proud to continue serving my country and serve as a policy expert on such an important topic,” said Rose. 

After taking Spanish at the 101 level, Rose became enamored with Spanish culture. Following a discussion with Dr. Chris Dolan, professor of political science, he decided to pursue his fascination through the most effective means possible: triple majoring. Rose majored in Spanish, global studies, and criminal justice, but his adventures outside the classroom provided important opportunities, too.

“I immersed myself in the Spanish language and culture during my study abroad experience in Valladolid, Spain,” said Rose. “While studying there, I pursued an independent study with Dr. Dolan that focused on the diplomatic relationship between the United States and Spain during World War II. It was this research that solidified my interest in pursuing a career in international relations and foreign affairs.”

Rose has no plan of slowing down and has many opportunities to advance his career in foreign affairs. He hopes to progress further in public service, keeping open the possibility of serving abroad at one of the embassies or consulates in the Western Hemisphere.

“I cannot thank all my LVC mentors and professors enough for their support and guidance,” said Rose. “I would not be where I am today without them.”

 

--  Josh Hildebrand, Marketing & Communications Student Assistant