The Political Science major is an excellent choice that prepares students with the skills needed for the 21st century. Students will acquire an education that emphasizes knowledge, scholarship and the development of a critical understanding of government and politics at all levels. Students will take courses in American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, and research methodology. In addition to understanding the methods and concepts within the discipline, students will learn essential oral and written communication skills in smaller classes with faculty who work closely with them. Not only will students learn to conduct research, use technology and to assess political behavior and policies, they will learn about the contemporary political issues that students will face as they encounter the world beyond Lewis University. In addition to understanding and analyzing various issues, students will have opportunities to become informed, involved and responsible citizens. Majoring in Political Science is the type of liberal arts major that prepares students for life-long learning and a whole range of career options.
Students in the Public Administration major also will learn vital analytical and communication skills. They too will conduct research, use technology, and be prepared for active service and employment in national, state, and local agencies in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. Through internships, students obtain real-life experiences in government. They are paired with professional who prosecute cases, defend clients in court, shape environmental regulations, and manage money, people and things. By participating in the drafting of bills or lobbying, students soon become aware that working in politics or public administration is an exciting, important, and meaningful career.
Students pursuing the B.A. will in Contemporary Global Studies Political/International Relations will study how nations, intergovernmental organizations, and nongovernmental organizations interact around the world. Students will gain a theoretical foundation of International Relations as well as an understanding of various countries' political systems, ideologies and policies. While studying International Relations, students learn about the role of governments in the global political economy and about the political and economic relationships among countries. In addition, they will learn new skills to identify, analyze, and use information necessary to evaluate various political, social and economic issues, thus preparing them for future decision making.