Our new Political Science program (minor) seeks to prepare students to be engaged and thoughtful public citizens. But what does that mean exactly? It means that Concordia University Political Science graduates will understand the political system they live in, and will be eager and willing to help manage, evaluate, shape, and change that particular environment. We hope to provide our students with the academic and practical skills, as well as the ethical and spiritual tools, to fulfill their responsibilities as members of a diverse and pluralistic civil society.
Practical Experience: We are fortunate to live in a city with opportunities abound for a Political Science student. The Twin Cities urban area includes a variety of non-profit organizations, businesses, law firms, media outlets, and educational institutions; all of which can provide students a practical way to learn about community and citizenship. And I almost forget, we have some state government opportunities here too! Why not see how government works by going straight to the source? Concordia University students can easily and quickly get to the Minnesota state capitol (shown below) and learn first-hand about legislation, lobbying, interest group/advocacy work, campaigning, and media relations. Political Science students can gain practical and invaluable work experience with internships, student research, service-learning, and community projects. And these opportunities are close and convenient to our urban campus.
Academics: Our current Political Science minor requires courses in American Government course (POL 131) and International Relations class (POL 241); as well as a senior capstone project (POL 401) where the student will do an original research paper. The remaining courses are electives with the stipulation that at least one of those courses have a global focus.
Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul
Skills of a Political Science Student
an understanding of national and state political systems
knowledge of global politics and the world in general
efficiency in oral presentations (we are good debaters!)
accurate and rigorous research abilities
critical thinking skills
strong written communication skills