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.
Programs of Study
Major or Minor in Political Science
Politics is the means by which citizens seek to control power and resources for the purpose of governing a community. At its best, politics is pursued to define and address common problems and challenges.
Political science, then, is the study of the theory and practice of politics at the local, state, national, and international levels. The discipline concerns itself with the analysis of political activity and behavior, with a focus on relationships among individuals, institutions of government, and nongovernmental entities. Political science is composed of four main subfields (political philosophy, American politics, comparative politics, international relations).
Special Opportunities at Concordia
The department invites students to participate in a variety of pre-law activities, including a pre-law student organization, intramural mock trial experience, and a pre-law speakers series. Students can also earn departmental honors by applying to the Political Science Honors Program or join Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society.
Attend an annual international affairs conference for undergraduate students at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs (The political science department sponsors at least one student each year through a competitive process.)
Internships are structured, educational off-campus experiences that offer students a hands-on opportunity to work in their desired careers.
Through internships, students learn how their academic program of study applies to the real world and build a valuable experience that makes them stronger candidates for jobs after graduation. Internships offer a variety of benefits to undergraduate students. They generally look good on a resume; they allow you to get a foot in the door with a potential employer; they provide an opportunity to network, possibly “try out” a specific career, establish relationships with mentors, develop new skills, gain “a real-world” experience, and earn college credits.
Political science students interested in internships should contact Concordia’s Career Center, which maintains a specialized list of internship opportunities in political science.