ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The political science curriculum at Culver-Stockton is designed to strike a balance between critical thinking, analytical skills and factual/substantive knowledge. Political science is the study of power relations in society, the structure of governmental institutions, and interaction between citizens and those institutions as well as the interaction between states at the international level. The subject matter “politics” is crucial to understanding our existence in an increasingly complex and interconnected world. Departmental offerings are designed to strike a balance between an emphasis on critical thinking and analytical skills versus factual and substantive knowledge.
WHY SHOULD I MAJOR IN POLITICAL SCIENCE?
Majoring in political sciences qualifies students for careers in private industry and nonprofit organizations, as well as public sector organizations. Those seeking a career in public service will be interested in this major. Studying politics develops your leadership skills, refines your oral and written communication skills, teaches you how to research issues and solve problems, improves your interpersonal skills, and produces a greater understanding of the world in which you live.
BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
Simulations: Advanced and engaging role-playing simulations recreate historic transitions to democratic governance in ancient Athens and modern-day South Africa, as well CFR’s interactive National Security council simulation. Also numerous interactive and applied field activities, such as voter drives, rallies, campaign events, town hall sessions with elected officials and community enhancement projects emphasizing economic revitalization, civic engagement and eco-tourism.
Professional Experiences: Obtain legislative, lobbying and electorial-campaign internships at local, state and federal levels. Students also have access to leading policy analysts through monthly teleconferences with the nation’s premier non-partisan think tank, the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as guest lectures by elected and appointed officials at local, state and federal levels.
Travel Study Courses: Opportunities to Europe, Turkey, New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Jefferson City, Mo., the latter granting students “behind-the-scenes” access to legislative politics.
With a strong foundation in the liberal arts, political science majors are suited for a variety of careers: campaigns, public policy, business, government administration, non-profit organizations and even journalism.