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The study of political science widens cultural perspectives by providing insight into political institutions and behavior. Students of political science develop an understanding of the responsibilities of intelligent citizenship.

Major

  • Political Science

Minor

  • Political Science

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Carthage’s political science major provides a foundation for graduate study in political science or, with other social science courses, preparation for careers in government service, law, teaching, journalism, or research analysis.

Carthage also offers a major in international political economy for students who wish to focus on the evolving web of global relationships in politics, economics, and business.

 

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Dedicated Faculty

Students studying political science at Carthage will study with professors devoted to seeing their students succeed.


Small Classes, Global Focus

Students can take such courses as African Transitions, Chinese Politics, Environmental Politics, Global Poverty, Human Rights, Latin American Politics, and many more. Most political science classes have fewer than 25 students for increased individualized faculty-student attention. Not only do the courses expand political knowledge, but the department also challenges students to think critically and develops students’ ability to communicate their ideas effectively.

See the full list of political science courses


Opportunities in the Classroom and Beyond

Political Science Department faculty and staff assist students in finding internship opportunities around the nation and world. In recent years, students have interned in the U.S. House of Representatives; worked at the Republican Governors Association in Washington, D.C., and interned with the U.S. Department of State in Rennes, France.

The Political Science Department also provides opportunities to study the political systems of other countries during J-Term. Faculty have recently led J-Term study tours in Cuba, Patagonia, Argentina, Peru, and the Galapagos Islands.