Concordia students interested in politics have a wealth of options to consider when deciding how they might become involved both on campus and off.
- Student organizations like the College Democrats, College Republicans, Young Americans for Liberty, the Student Environmental Alliance, and the Pre-Law Society
- Help plan activities associated with Political Awareness Week and Martin Luther King Day.
- The Political Science Department funds a yearly travel award for a student to attend the nationally-acclaimed Academy Assembly undergraduate conference on U.S. foreign policy in Colorado Springs.
- Politics Cafe events on timely topics of political interest
- Apply to join Concordia's chapter of the national political honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha.
- Participate in the Lutheran College Washington Semester program and other study away opportunities led by political science faculty.
If your passion is politics, there is no shortage of activities to supplement your classroom studies in political science.
Concordia political science students have a strong track record of securing political internships.
All students who take part in the Lutheran College Washington Semester program, for instance, complete an internship experience alongside their regular coursework. Through the LCWS program, Concordia students have interned on Capitol Hill, at the White House, the Justice Department, and the Republican Governors Association, to name a few.
Students have also found internships in the Fargo-Moorhead area, working on political campaigns, for state and local party organizations, and with non-governmental organizations.
The office of the Concordia College Career Initiative can help students secure credit-bearing cooperative education experiences with a political focus.
First launched in 2015, Politics Café events were designed to offer an opportunity for political science faculty members and students to interact in structured discussions of important and timely political issues.
Though casual in format (Politics Café events are often held over a light meal or snacks, with students coming and going as they are able), Politics Café is definitely substantive. Recent topics include immigration policy, US-China relations, and the delegate selection process, to name a few. The organization of the events varies too, from faculty-led discussions to guest lectures and student presentations.
Whatever the particular format and topic, Politics Café delivers intensive opportunities for students interested in politics to apply classroom learning to contemporary political events.