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Business and Political Science Major

The Business and Political Science major involves the study of basic political processes and systems as well as foundational courses in economics and business. This major gives students a little of both worlds and provides flexibility for a wide variety of career possibilities. Students will learn about government’s role in society and the interaction between economic and political life, with opportunities to acquire skills used in the business and non-profit worlds. Through these studies, students will come to see many different opportunities for service in God’s kingdom. You can also tailor the program to your interests and focus on any of these 4 subfields:

  • American politics
  • Comparative politics
  • International relations
  • Political theory

Why should I study business and political science?

Students study Business and Political Science for a variety of reasons. Some pursue it because of an interest they have in working for government agencies in administrative positions. Others are interested in the intersection of the political and economic and look forward to careers in economic policy or management. Others seek careers with large businesses that have extensive interaction with government agencies. The degree is also useful for students interested in pursuing professional degrees at the master’s level, and helps students who envision moving between government, business, and nonprofits throughout their careers.

What can I do with this degree?

Business and Political Science majors have gone on to pursue a wide variety of vocations. There is no single path, but plenty of exciting possibilities!

  • Work for large and small corporations
  • City management and administration
  • State or federal government
  • Law
  • Earn an MBA, MPA, or other master’s level public affairs degree

What skills will I develop?

  • Statistical analysis
  • Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Law finance
  • Research
  • Policy analysis
  • Written and oral communication
  • Critical thinking

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

  • Internships with private companies, nonprofits, or governmental agencies in the Twin Cities.
  • American Studies Program in Washington, D.C.
  • Study abroad through programs offered in the Business and Economics Department to places like India or Europe.
  • On-campus business or political science clubs

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