At Concordia, you can study constitutional law with our prelaw advisor, explore global studies with an author of books about the United Nations and NATO, or work alongside a professor who is an expert on Chinese politics who lived in China and speaks Mandarin. Here, you’ll learn the big picture about the theory and practice of world politics.
Washington, D.C., Semester
Gain valuable experience and insights by interning at a government agency in our nation’s Capitol while also studying at a top-level university.
Travel abroad with department chair Michael Bath on the Politics, Power and Policy May Seminar to places like Paris, Munich, Salzburg, Prague, Budapest and London.
Join the Mock Trial team and build valuable research and communication skills for law school while competing against colleges from across the nation.
Nate LaCombe '15
Campaign Analyst/Pollster at Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research
Political Science Major; Spanish Minor
Concordia has changed the way I learn. I used to look at things and think 'that's just the way they are.' Now, I ask 'why are they that way and how did they become that?' I think more critically about things, knowing that by better understanding them, I can positively influence whatever it may be. I wouldn't have learned to do this had it not been for Concordia, especially the political science department.
Taylor Tielke '14
English Teacher, Peace Corps
Political Science and Global Studies Major; History Minor
What made Concordia great for me, was the tight knit community. Walking through the halls or even seeing professors in public, they would almost always stop to say hello. This happened even after I graduated! Every professor that I had classes with was more than willing to meet with students, resolve any issues, and strive to make the learning environment personal. Even in wide disciplines like global studies or political science, professors do a fantastic job of teaching basic ideas while giving ample opportunity to focus on topics that you are passionate about.
David Adamson '15
Political Science and History Major; Religion Minor
Studying religion is important to me because religion is an inseparable part of every culture, and if anyone wants to understand another people's culture, they need to understand their religion.
Sara Stone '11
Recruitment Coordinator at Friendship Public Charter School
Political Science and Spanish Major
Political science at Concordia is unique due to the college's global focus. I was able to apply what I was learning in my Spanish and global studies classes to topics we were discussing in the political science program, including taking a political science class during my study abroad in Peru. By far my favorite classes were Constitutional Law I and II. It's like being thrown right into law school. Students are taught how to create briefs, understand precedent, and write case opinions.
Emma Connell '14
Research Assistant at Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
Political Science and Philosophy Major
I interned at Senator Amy Klobuchar's Minneapolis office the summer after my sophomore year and in the Joint Economic Committee in Washington, D.C., the summer after my junior year. I've also participated in research with sociology faculty, where we conducted quantitative analyses on citizen journalism websites. Additionally, I had the opportunity to represent Concordia's political science department at the Air Force Academy's Academy Assembly on U.S.-India relations, which was one of the best learning experiences I've ever had. I've learned to seize opportunities as they come and to be grateful to be in a situation in which you can dedicate significant amounts of your time to learning and acquiring new skills.
Dana Rognlie '10
Pursuing Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Oregon
Philosophy and Political Science Major; Women's Studies Minor
Concordia helped me learn how to think. The emphasis on making a difference in the world is applied daily by the faculty, and the small class sizes mean individual relationships can be cultivated between faculty and students, which truly makes a difference.