Why Study Political Science?

Students in canoes on the Mississippi River.

Students on the Mississippi River during the Fall 2015 River Semester, led by Professor Joe Underhill.

Why study political science at Augsburg College? In part because we bring the world to our students, and our students out into the world.  Whether it is the study of revolutions, social movements, immigration, race and ethnicity, music and politics, the impact of the internet on public life, or the politics of the Mississippi River, these subjects are brought to life for our students through direct engagement and experiential learning.

social change in Egypt

Presenters during a forum on youth movements and social change in Egypt

Augsburg Political Science students learn through the use of simulations in the classroom, study abroad, field research and internships in government offices or the private sector, or other off-campus experiences, such as a semester learning from Twin Cities community organizations, participating in the Model UN conference in New York City, or a course which takes students out on the Mississippi River to learn about environmental issues.  Your advisor can explain how you can take advantage of these opportunities, and the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work also offers information on hands-on learning possibilities.

Students and faculty in the Political Science Department at Augsburg study politics because we want to learn how to become more effective at changing the world, and our graduates have gone on to do just that—in the fields of public law, foreign service, international healthcare, education, and non-profit issue advocacy (check out our Careers page for a few examples).