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The political science minor involves studying governments, public policies, political processes and systems, and theories of political life. Students examine how we think and write about political questions as Christians, and they also have the opportunity to chose courses in a variety of subfields based on their interests.

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 tangible impact on the everyday lives 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 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.

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.

You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in the R.E.A.L. Experience—a program specifically designed to help you gain the relevant, hands-on experience employers desire—so that when you graduate, you’ll be as impressive in practice as you are on paper.

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 pursue internships in St. Paul with the Minnesota State Senate, gaining real-world experience in the operation of state government.

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