Political Science

Debating the latest government policy is common practice around dinner tables and conference tables worldwide. There is something strangely attractive about trying to solve the mystery of politics that people, by their very nature, just can’t resist. Some even prefer taking a deeper look at politics, so much so that they choose it as their field of study.

Political Science will come alive for you in and out of the classroom. Students plan political campaigns, write speeches and participate in debates for an election. They write bills and participate in mock trials.

Students can seemingly “rewrite” history, as they prepare their cases and await the outcome.

Through this type of learning, classes like American National Government and the Politics of Eastern Europe and Russia come alive in practical applications.

At the University of St. Francis, the Political Science program connects real-life applications with classroom learning. Students examine governments, laws and the people that make them all come together.

Political Science students take on the public issues of our age and relate them to politics, government and policy. As a Political Science major, you will look at politics from many perspectives and be encouraged to take coursework from several concentrations — General/Pre-law, American Politics or Public policy.

Today’s USF Political Science students learn in a state-of-the-art environment. Students become true political scientists as they use the latest technology and strategies to identify and use research data and polls. For example, the new Scope and Methods class exposes students to the most recent technology and programs used by professionals.

 

Career Outlook

Employment of political scientists is expected to grow 8 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. Employment will increase in response to a growing interest in public policy and political issues. There will be demand for those with extensive knowledge of political systems, institutions, and policies according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. USF graduates with exceptional research, communication and quantitative skills will have many opportunities available to them in the following areas, to name a few:

  • Government Agencies
  • Social service organizations
  • Marketing
  • Research
  • Consulting

 

Learning Outside the Classroom

Classroom learning is mixed with field studies, and USF professors regularly use the vast resources available in nearby Chicago:

  • Governmental agencies
  • Major law firms
  • Foreign embassies
  • Not-for-profit institutions
  • Top law schools

 

Professors take students on an annual trip to the Midwest Political Science Convention in Chicago. There, they learn from political scientists who are distinguished in their field. USF faculty and students also have gone on a number of trips tied to specific classes. , To date, USF has gone to Washington D.C. and Boston, with a trip to New York on the horizon.

 

Honor Society

Pi Sigma Alpha, the national honor society, is open to Political Science students who excel in the program.