Political science is a discipline intent upon understanding, building, maintaining, and improving the various communities in which citizens find themselves.
The department’s curriculum, which spans the subfields of American politics, international politics, political philosophy, and comparative politics, provides students the knowledge and skills necessary to critically evaluate the political world, so they might shape it in positive ways.
Matthew Lillehaugen ’17 will get a chance to influence policymakers through a new research opportunity.
Lillehaugen was awarded a James C. Gaither Fellowship through the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Each year, the program chooses 10-12 graduates for one-year fellowships. These research and analysis positions have often gone to students from Ivy League schools.
The interdisciplinary nature of my studies and time at Concordia have been crucial in preparing me for this position.
Matthew Lillehaugen ’17
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.
Nate LaCombe '15, Director of External Support at Data Trust, Washington, D.C.
What made Concordia great for me, was the tight-knit community. Walking through the halls or even seeing professors in public, they would 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.
Taylor Tielke '14, English Teacher, Peace Corps
I interned at Sen. 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.
Emma Connell '14, Research Assistant at Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
– Otto von Bismarck