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.  Our students examine a wide range of important issues such as war and peace, immigration, gender, race and ethnicity, the internet, and the environment and the Mississippi River. These and more topics 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; internships in government or the private sector; 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 offers additional assistance with the many hands-on learning possibilities.

Our students study politics to learn how to become more effective at changing the world, and our graduates have gone on to demonstrate that—in fields such as law, the foreign service, healthcare, education, and non-profit issue advocacy. Check out our Careers page for a few examples.