Political Science

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Fast Facts: Political Science

  • A strong liberal-arts approach to the discipline, with emphasis on political philosophy, global politics and international relations, peace and justice studies, and human rights.
  • Focused development of skills in critical thinking, leadership, research and analysis, communication and presentation.

Internships and Other Opportunities

  • Washington Semester Program at American University, where CSS students can choose from more than 10 programs in areas such as American politics, foreign policy, or international environment and development; where they can pursue an internship in a government agency or think tank; and where they have the option of working on an in-depth research project.
  • The CSS pre-law program, which prepares students for law school through advising and mentoring in the areas of course selection, internships, the legal profession and the application process.
  • A wide range of student clubs and organizations, including History and Political Science Club, Amnesty International, College Democrats, College Republicans and Student Senate.

Career Outlook

The study of political science prepares students for graduate studies as well as for a wide range of careers, including those in teaching, law, government, public service, public policy and administration, foreign and military service, business, electoral politics, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and the nonprofit sector, interest-group advocacy and journalism.

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  • "Studying history and political science at St. Scholastica prepared me for engaging in Duluth politics  and for studying in the Masters of Advocacy and Political Leadership Program at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. My classes and internship spurred me to get involved in the community around me (for example, as chair of the city of Duluth Human Rights Commission). Through these experiences, I gained an understanding of the importance of social justice, past and present. As I study non-profit management, I remain grateful for the experiences I had while attending CSS and for the support I received from the faculty."

    – Margie Nelson, ‘12