Political Science is the study of governments, public policies and political processes, systems, and political behavior. At Bethel, we offer courses in the political science subfields of political theory, American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and public administration. We cover the field with a keen eye towards integrating the best that political science has to offer with the demands of the Christian faith.
Why should I study political science?
Political Science is an ideal liberal arts major that can help Christian students to equip themselves as readers, writers, and thinkers who still want to make a practical impact on the everyday life of their fellow citizens. If you’re interested in American politics, international relations, public policy, or big questions such as, “what is the purpose of government,” political science may be a good field for you.
Political Science students can gain a versatile set of skills that can be applied in a wide range of exciting careers in federal, state and local governments; law; business; international organizations; nonprofit associations and organizations; campaign management and polling; journalism; precollegiate education; electoral politics; research and university and college teaching.
What can I do with this degree?
Students who study Political Science often go on to careers in federal, state and local governments; law; business; international organizations; nonprofit associations and organizations; campaign management and polling; journalism; precollegiate education; electoral politics; research and university and college teaching.
As liberal arts graduates, our students are also equipped to pursue careers in virtually any field to which they feel called. Our graduates routinely go on to the ministry, mission field, and other fields of Christian service. After leaving Bethel, many of our students pursue graduate or professional education, particularly the study of law. Our majors have been admitted to all of the Minnesota law schools as well as nationally top-ranked schools, including Harvard, George Washington, the University of Virginia, Vanderbilt, and many more.
What skills will I develop?
Through study of political science, students develop a set of analytical capabilities, administrative competence, and communication skills that are valued in many careers. Our students read difficult material, discuss complex ideas, and complete writing assignments that equip them with the abilities that employers expect from well-educated people. Our majors’ sharp critical thinking skills have made them attractive employees in the private as well as the public sector, and these skills have served them well when they pursue graduate or professional education.
What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?
Students who major in Political Science often choose to spend a semester in Washington, D.C. with the American Studies Program, a program of the Christian Council on Colleges and Universities that gives students the chance to live 8 blocks east of the Capitol and complete an internship in Washington D.C., while continuing their classroom study of Political Science with CCCU faculty.
During spring semester, many of our students complete internships in St. Paul with the Minnesota State Senate, gaining real-world experience in the operation of state government. After these experiences, our students are often offered jobs in Washington, D.C. or St. Paul, giving them the chance to continue to serve God’s people through public service.
Political Science majors who demonstrate academic excellence are invited to apply for membership in Pi Sigma Alpha, the national Political Science Honorary Society.