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Political Science

Monmouth College is committed to educating the leaders of tomorrow. A Political Science degree equips students with the background they need to become successful leaders in virtually any field. Whether one's goal is graduate school, government, or business, a Political Science degree will provide the tools needed for students to realize their potential.

Studying Political Science at Monmouth helps students become accustomed to looking beyond superficial talking points and analyzing the structural and historical contexts of power relationships. Using both quantitative and qualitative analysis, students will become true liberal arts scholars and gain a broad knowledge of social scientific methods. Students will gain a comparative understanding of political systems and ideologies and will be better able to navigate our new global society. This will, in turn, give students a deeper perspective on their own corner of the globe.

The study of Political Science assists students in becoming well informed citizens capable of critical thought. Fields of study include: American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Public Policy, Constitutional Law, and Political Philosophy.

Objectives

  • Foster well-informed, critical thinking about politics and public policy (as well as things related to politics such as human nature, society, economics, etc.)
  • Promote life-long interest in politics
  • Teach essential facts about political institutions and behavior
  • Foster practical experience in politics and government
  • Produce students with superior writing and speaking ability
  • Adequately prepare those students who wish to go on to graduate or law school

Department Facilities and Equipment

The Political Science Department is housed in Wallace Hall. The college's centerpiece facility also houses the offices of the president and academic dean, general classrooms, grants office, the Trotter Computerized Classroom, a multimedia production lab, and faculty offices for history, government, classics, education and communication.

Off-Campus Programs

Internships are highly recommended and have provided excellent opportunities for our students to gain practical experience in politics and government. Internship opportunities include work in local legislative offices; for the state's attorney and public defender; on local, state, and national campaigns; in government agencies; and as political reporters for the local newspaper. Internships include an academic component and can be taken for credit. Some notable examples: work in the Office of Vice-President of the United States, work on various campaigns, work on a notorious murder case for the Knox County public defender, and constituency service in the U.S. Congressional office.

Graduate School Opportunities

Monmouth College Political Science majors have entered P.h.D. and Master’s Programs in a variety of academic and pre-professional disciplines. Many have attended law school. In recent years, MC graduates have been admitted to law programs at the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, Northwestern University, the University of Illinois, the University of Iowa, the University of Virginia, Georgetown University, Vanderbilt University, Washington University, Drake University, the University of Wisconsin, IIT—Kent College of Law, Northern Illinois University, and Valparaiso University.

The department encourages students to pursue a double major if they so wish. Recent graduates have successfully combined their government majors with a major in English, History, Philosophy, Psychology, or Speech.

Career Opportunities

  • Congressional Aid
  • State Legislative Staff
  • County/City Officials
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • State Representative
  • Intelligence Officer
  • Political Analyst
  • Foreign Service Agent
  • International Rights Activist

Recent Political Science Graduates

Theodore Ross ’04
Associate Director of US, University Relations
Golden Key International Honour Society

Joseph Cross ’04
Director of Direct Marketing
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

Stephanie Hilton ’07
Attorney
Stephanie M. Hilton Attorney at Law

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