Political Science involves studying governments, public policies, political processes and systems, political behavior, and theories of political life. At Bethel, we offer courses in the Political Science subfields of Political Theory, American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Public Administration. The minor in Political Science has one required course in we examine how we think and write about political questions as Christians who study political science. Beyond that, students choose an additional fifteen credits in whatever themes or subfields of political science they are most interested in.
Why should I study political science?
A Political Science minor can help Christian students equip themselves as readers, writers, and thinkers who want to make a practical impact on the everyday life of their fellow citizens. If students are interested in American or international politics, public policy, or big questions about how politics impacts everyday life, political science is a great field of study.
What can I do with this degree?
A minor in Political Science can add useful depth to a variety of majors. For example, if students are interested in a career in medicine, public health or business, it can help them understand how the political system shapes regulations that will impact their professional lives. If students are studying philosophy or history, political science can add social science analytical tools to complement what students are learning in their study of the humanities. If a student is interested in becoming a lawyer, studying political science is invaluable in providing a basic grounding for studies in the law. These are just some examples of majors with which political science pairs well.
What skills will I develop?
Studying political science helps students develop a set of analytical capabilities and written and verbal communication skills that are valued in many careers. Our courses involve reading challenging material, discussing complex ideas, and completing writing assignments that equip students with the abilities that employers expect from well-educated people. The sharp critical thinking skills cultivated in political science will help students pursue careers in both the private and public sectors, and serve them well if they pursue graduate or professional education.
What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?
Students who minor in Political Science can choose to spend a semester studying government in Washington, D.C. with the American Studies Program and can pursue internships in St. Paul with the Minnesota State Senate, gaining real-world experience in the operation of state government.