Political Science is about more than just politics. It’s about learning what justice requires.
The Department of Political Science helps students understand and use the tools of political science to prepare for careers in public life and more. You’ll search for truth through acts of justice, liberty, power, order, and peace as they're expressed in political life.
Majors, Minors, and Programs
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Pursuing Your Passion
Our Department of Political Science provides the opportunity to pursue your passion for exploring the issues and structures behind political life. You'll discover what it means to be an active Christian and thoughtful citizen in today's world and come to understand the inner workings of political and social institutions. But it's about more than public life. It's also about gaining important skills such as critical thinking and reading, writing, problem solving, and how to form compelling arguments–skills that will serve you well both in and out of the political arena. Our students come here with unique interests and are excited about examining and evaluating political and social institutions. And they leave prepared to serve in the public, non-profit, and private sectors. It's about taking our faith in Christ and integrating it into everything we learn, into everything we do, so we can accomplish incredible things–in our careers, in our communities, and in our world.
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Our proximity to the state capital and Minneapolis provides ample opportunities for internships in political and government offices, area law firms, local media, and non-profit groups.
Our professors mentor their students—and they're known for their creative teaching methods, including the use of innovative case studies and simulations that bring the field to life.
Student organizations and honor societies
Bethel welcomes political discourse and active student-run political organizations, including Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honorary Society. We also send 10-15 students to the American Model United Nations International event each fall.
Semester in D.C
The American Studies Program, a semester-long program in Washington, D.C., run by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, allows students to study and intern inside the beltway.
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The faculty taught me to think critically, interrogate social phenomenon, and apply my learning for improving communities. I was prepared professionally and academically from the immense academic, intellectual, and personal support from faculty, with whom I developed lasting friendships.Ryan Steel '12
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What can I do with a political science major?
Political science students at Bethel use their skills to serve communities through legal practices, political appointments, foreign service, and much more.
Our political science graduates become:
- State, local and federal government employees
- Foreign service workers
- Community service and NGO employees
- Poll and campaign managers
- Journalists and communicators
- Nonprofit management employers
Our alumni attend
- Harvard University
- George Washington University
- Vanderbilt University
- Pepperdine University
- University of Minnesota
- The University of Virginia
Our alumni study
- International relations