Beyond the Classroom
Beyond the Classroom is a compilation of materials and sources gathered by professors and students in the Political Science department. This information is intended to aid the students in finding extracurricular activities, internships, conferences, and other department information easily. Previous and current students have also shared some of their personal experiences about their participation in numerous activities linked to the department. BTC is intended to complement the excellent classroom experience provided by Augustana's outstanding professors, and hopefully it will inspire students to seek out new adventures in a broader setting.
|Study Abroad||Student Opportunities||What's Up With the Professors?||F.Y.I.|
Sarah DuRocher, Ghana 2013
Sarah and her friend Michael
I am a junior at Augustana double majoring in Political Science and Religion. In January of this year, I experienced the most remarkable weeks of my life while living in one of the most naturally beautiful places I have ever been. Accra, which is the capital of Ghana, served as our group's central location and primary home during our stay. We had the incredible opportunity to really immerse ourselves in Ghanaian culture by living with local families around the city and engaging with them. We each had internships, and I, along with one other Augie student, worked at a non-profit orphanage. We were given the opportunity to teach pre-school and got to see first hand the impact this amazing organization has on the lives of the children. We fell in love with the colors of not only the vibrant fabrics but the natural beauty of the country as well. We were welcomed to Ghana by almost everyone we met and as we continued to explore, we found ourselves more and more excited about the friendships we were forming. In addition to in-depth courses in West African Music and History taught by Dr. Pfautz, who traveled to Ghana with us, and Dr. Cleveland, who had been teaching in the city for sometime before we arrived, we learned from everyone we met. Things from learning to say hello in the local languages to navigating the intense transportation system-it was the everyday things that made us so excited to explore. If that were not enough to make the trip incredible, we also went on long weekend excursions to Kumasi, the second largest city in Ghana, the Volta Region and Cape Coast. We visited rural villages, made it across a seven-bridge canopy walk above a rain forest, dived into ocean waves and toured the slave castles of Elmina and Cape Coast. As we witnessed the impacts of colonization and exploitation on a country rich in natural resources and minerals, we were entranced by the kindness and authenticity of all the people we met.
Rachel, Ellen and Dr. Magalhaes
Rachel Lenke & Ellen Lose, Brazil 2012
This past summer Rachel Lenke and Ellen Lose spent two weeks abroad in Brasilia studying domestic violence and the Maria da Penha law, which the Brazilian Congress passed in 2006, to provide greater protection to women. We had both traveled to Brasilia earlier in the year for our study abroad term. While traveling through the country, we became fascinated with the culture of domestic violence and gender inequality that exists throughout Brazil. Upon returning to campus, we applied for and won a grant from the Augustana Freistat Center. Support from the Freistat Center allowed us to return to Brasilia and make the study of domestic violence and gender inequality the focus of our Senior Inquiry projects.
Ellen and Rachel at NCCLA conference
While in Brasilia, we had the opportunity to interview deputies, senators, leaders of non-governmental organizations, scholars, and even conduct focus groups of women living in favelas (slums) outside the city. We gathered a wide variety of data, and heard firsthand diverse attitudes and opinions regarding domestic violence and the Maria da Penha law. The interviews andexperiences in Brasília came about through a network of contacts that developed as we traveled through the capital and through Dr. Magalhães, who mentored our research. The people we encountered were extremely interested in our project, and greatly helped furtheour research by providing us with unique opportunities that we could never have experienced on our own. We participated in everything from intensive hour long interviews in Portuguese, to sitting in on public trials of cases of domestic violence. Our research in Brazil was an incredible experience that has not only allowed us to create unique senior projects, but has left us with memories and friends that we will never forget.
Rachel and Ellen presented on their work in Brazil with Dr. Magalhães at the 2012 annual conference of the North Central Council of Latin Americanists. The conference was held on Sept 27-29, 2012 at Hope College in Holland, Michigan.
Bryce Johnson in Salvador
Bryce Johnson, Brazil 2012
I am a double major in Political Science and Psychology, and Brazil was my second foreign term at Augustana. The first foreign term was in China, Japan, and Taiwan, with a brief stint in Hawaii during my sophomore year. I was able to participate in this second study abroad trip because of the help of my advisor, and head of the Political Science Department, Mariano Magalhães. He helped me arrange my class schedule in a way that made the trip possible.
Brazil was beautiful; it was warm and rich with African and Portuguese culture. Everywhere you went you'd see people crowding and living their lives. Kids would walk down the streets playing African drum beats, street vendors stood outside of huge ornate churches, and the ocean spread out warm and blue as far as a person could see. While there, I was able to speak to Mariano's father, Eduardo Magalhães who works as the assistant to the governor of Alagoas. I was also able to meet two Foreign Service Officers from the U.S. Department of State, which is a career I intend on pursuing. Outside of my major and academic pursuits, I was also able to enjoy a few of my hobbies. I got to meet a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu champion and his girlfriend (also a BJJ champion) and received personal lessons from the pair. I even got the opportunity to see capoeira, a fighting style slaves used to promote resistance that is as much a dance as it is a martial art. Brazil was everything I expected it to be and more. I learned more about life throughout the world than I thought was possible. Brazil was amazing.
New Leadership Illinois 2014
NEW Leadership Illinois is an all-expenses paid, bi-partisan program that strives to educate and empower the next generation of female leaders. NEW Leadership Illinois challenges our brightest students to think critically and creatively about public policy and encourages them to make a commitment to public leadership early in their careers. The program includes leadership education, hands-on training in public policy, and networking opportunities with leaders from every level of government.
This year's program will be held June 2-6 in Chicago. Applications will be accepted until March 3, 2014.
Students from all backgrounds and in all majors are encouraged to apply. Students should attend a college or university in Illinois or should be an Illinois resident, and must have junior, senior or recent graduate standing in June 2014.
Your campus community is home to countless female leaders who can contribute greatly to NEW Leadership Illinois. We need your help to make this year's program a success. We hope you will share information about the program with students across all majors on campus and encourage them to apply. Below, you will find an email announcement about the program that can be sent to student listservs, organizations, and individuals. We also ask that you display the attached flyer.
To learn more and to apply visit igpa.uillinois.edu/pe/new-leadership
Allstate Leadership Development Program / Other-NOR00491
The Leadership Development Program supports Allstate's goal to become the number one provider of consumer protection insurance in the U.S. By focusing on and building talent that possess the desired enterprise leader capabilities, Allstate is well on its way to achieving this goal. The Leadership Development Program provides targeted recruits with a suite of accelerated development offerings. The program provides participants with 3, 1-year targeted and structured rotational assignments. Participants are also provided with mentoring, development planning and formal learning opportunities including a dedicated curriculum, action learning challenges, exposure to key leaders, and the opportunity to build their professional network. Upon successful completion of the program, Allstate gains a cadre of individuals who possess the enterprise mindset needed to support the organization in the future. Please click here for more information.
The 2012-2013 school year is winding down, and opportunity deadlines have mostly passed. Don't forget to check back in the fall for some great opportunities for the 2013-2014 school year!
What's up with the professors?
|Pictured Here: Dr. Whitt holding his Teacher of the Year Award|
04/2013 Dr. Christopher Whitt has been named as the 2013 Anna Julia cooper Teacher of the year by he National Conference of Black Political Scientists Dr. Whitt was recognized as a teacher who "regularly went above and beyond" the normal requirements of the job, and who left an indelible impression on many students as a helpful and influential teacher, according to Dr. Ravi Perry of Mississippi State University, who chaired the selection committee.
03/2013 Dr. Mariano Magalhães will be a speaker at the 34th International Conference of Interamerican Society of Psychology. He will be presenting a paper on domestic violence in Brasilia July 2013. Click here for more information.
03/2013 Dr. Christopher Whitt has been invited to act as keynote speaker at the Multicultural Speaker Series. This event, which is hosted by the Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is focused on building a stronger metropolitan area through diversity and encouraging leaders in business, education, government, politics, faith-based and community organizing to fight against economic, political, and social inequalities. You can find out more information on the talks here.
11/2012 Dr. Xiaowen Zhang's coauthored paper "Politics of Compliance with Adverse WTO Dispute Settlement Rulings in China" was recently accepted by the Journal of Contemporary China. Dr. Zhang's paper addresses how trading partners of China, in particular the United States, have increasingly utilized the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement system (DSS) to challenge trade-related measures of China. The paper is tentatively assigned to Journal of Contemporary China Vol. 23, No. 85, January 2014.
09/2012 As a member of the Educational Polices Committee, Dr. Dave Dehnel is heading a subcommittee that is looking at the role of Senior Inquiry in student learning across campus.
08/2012 Dr. Dave Dehnel has been engaging in some grass roots politics, making phone calls for Cheri Bustos for Congress.
05/2012 Dr. Paul Weissburg recently recorded a series of lectures titled Rules of the Game: How Government Works and Why It Sometimes Doesn't for the Modern Scholar series. With a provocative point-counterpoint format, Rules of the Game features two widely respected professors-of widely divergent political views-in a lively discussion of how government works. Dr. Phillip Magness, a Texas Republican, and Dr. Paul Weissburg, a left-wing liberal, go head to head on such topics as "good" public administration, Congress, big business, and bureaucratic dysfunction.
An interview with Magness and Weissburg can be found at:
05/2012 Dr. Paul Weissburg's proposal for the Student Research Assistantship Award has been accepted for the academic year 2012-2013. His proposal, The Quad Cities Research Project, is an interdisciplinary research project focusing on the cities that make up the Quad Cities area, emphasizing the effects of economic decisions and public policy issues within each city.
To see what the Political Science professors were up to in 2011 please click here.
2014 Liberty and Equality Program
|Sarah Meirose, a junior in the Political Science Department, earned a spot for the 2014 Liberty and Equality Program in Arlington, VA. The participants for this program are a group of young alumni selected by invitation only and made up of between 15 and 20 top students from last year's program. The goal of the program is to give participants the opportunity to explore key philosophical questions that arise when states seek to establish or encourage certain viewpoints of material equality.|
Here's what Sara had to say about her experience:
This past summer I chose to go to Washington through the Fund for American Studies to participate in their academic internship program. I took classes at George Mason, had a full time governmental affairs internship at an NGO, and was able to attend briefings at the Federal Reserve, Capitol Hill, and the CIA. I was informed at the beginning of October that I was selected to participate in a Curriculum of Liberty seminar as a TFAS Freedom Scholar. They chose 15 to 20 of the top students from the past year to come back to DC for a weekend, all expenses paid.
The Socratic style seminar will be made up of seven sessions, focusing on the conception of material equality. The discussions will be led by doctors Alexei Marcoux of Loyola University Chicago and Richard Boyd of Georgetown University.
Ralph Bunche Summer Institute Program
Dr. Paula McClain professor and program director for the Ralph Bunche program with Jasmine Brooks
Jasmine Brooks, a junior in the Political Science Department, earned a spot for the 2012 Ralph Bunche Summer Institute program at Duke University. This program is named in honor of the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize winner and former APSA President, Ralph J. Bunche, the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI) program goal is to encourage students to pursue academic careers in political science. The Institute gives students a look at the world of graduate study with a program of two transferable credit courses, one in quantitative analysis and one in race and American politics, to introduce the intellectual demands of graduate school and political science research methods. Students prepare original, empirical research papers, and top students are given the opportunity to present their research at APSA's Annual Meeting, with all expenses paid by the association.
Here's what Jasmine had to say about her experience:
This summer I attended the Ralph Bunche Political Science Summer Institute which was held on Duke's campus. The program was five weeks long and designed with the intent to increase the representation of minorities in graduate school. Prior to attending the program I never really considered obtaining a Ph.D. in law school however the program really broadened my horizons and increased my interest in political science academia. The Bunche Institute gave me the wonderful opportunity to learn from instructors specialized in political science as I gained the tools necessary to construct an empirically based research paper.
My research paper was an analysis of state policies on domestic abuse and how this affects women within the state. In writing my paper I created a data set in which I listed all fifty states and their policy towards offenders of domestic violence being one of three responses: mandatory arrest, preferred arrest, or officer's discretion. To complete my data set I included other variables like population of the state, income, and educational attainment just to name a few. I hypothesized that with all other variables constant states with mandatory arrest policies would have lower amounts of reported domestic violence. In addition to producing a data set and crafting a research paper, the Bunche program also gave me the chance to network with other students who are just as passionate about political science as I am.
Annual Political Science Banquet
Dr. Magalhaes and Rachel Lenke, Outstanding Major Award Winner
Dr. Magalhaes and Alicia Oken, Outstanding Major Award Winner
Dr. Magalhaes and Joe Bright, Departmental Student Leadership Award Winner
The Political Science Department hosted its first annual End of the Year Banquet on April 25th to honor the contributions of the seniors in the Department. Amongst good food and amazing company, the department awarded some of the outstanding senior students for their hard work and dedication. Here are some quotes from the attendees describing the night:
"It was a really fun time! I was glad to reconnect with my fellow majors and to talk to professors outside of the classroom. Augie has a really strong department and it's nice to see all of us come together!"-Andrew Heidtke, Senior
"I really enjoyed catching up with the political science students whom I might not get to see outside of class. Also, I actually was able to meet some students that I'd never had the chance to meet before"-Alicia Oken, Senior
"I think socials like this help students come together with the department and not only interact with those who have interests in similar disciplines but also learn about each other in a setting conducive to less academic structure and more so to personable discussions"-Sarah DuRocher, Junior
Harold Bell 2012-13 Award Recipients
The Harold Bell Award was created to aid students who planned on doing internship work in the field of Political Science. This year there were three winners:
Sarah DuRocher (Junior) : internship at Council for a Parliament of World Religions (CPWR) in Chicago
Tyler Grace (Sophomore) : internship at Washington D.C. office of Congressional Representative Cheri Bustos (17th District in Illinois)
Sarah Meirose (Sophomore): internship at Safari Club International office in Washington D.C.
Spring Term Volleyball Extravaganza
|POLS plays volleyball|
Dr. Magalhaes goes in for the save
The Political Science Department continued its extracurricular competitions with a fun day of volleyball. There was very high attendance by both students and professors and all skill levels were represented. Everyone who came had an excellent time and it was a good chance for everyone to interact outside of a simple classroom setting. Professor Xiaowen Zhang has already discussed setting up a basketball game because that is her sport of choice and she is open to all challengers!
Interning at the Illinois State Capitol
Karalyn Jevaney, Class of 2012
After graduating from Augustana , I began the Illinois Legislative Studies Internship Program (ILSIP). This program places 5 interns in each of the four caucuses (House Republicans, House Democrats, Senate Republicans, and Senate Democrats) as well as 4 interns in the Legislative Research Unit (LRU).For my internship, I was placed with the House Republicans. When the legislature is in session, each intern assists on a committee. The committees that I assisted on were Financial Institutions,Environment, Veterans Affairs, Museums, Cultural Arts and Enhancement and Tourism and Conventions.We also help to analyze bills to provide the legislators with background information. I would be responsible for bills assigned to my committee and I would also attend hearings for those committees. We follow our bills through the entire process from being released from the Rules Committee to a committee and then eventually being debated on the floor of the House of Representatives.This experience has been a very positive one. Not only did I get to know more about the legislative process but, I also was able to meet a lot of different people both Republicans and Democrats. Springfield is the hub of political activity in Illinois and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to be a part of it. Following the internship, I will attend law school at John Marshall in Chicago. The skills that I learned will be invaluable for my future career.
Allison working with horses
Allison Schaley, Class of 2011.
I am currently working as a Legal Assistant for an agency of the federal government. I was always interested in law and the legal system. While at Augustana I focused my political science studies in the area of law and politics. I use knowledge and skills from the very basic to the more complex every day at my job. Classes such as The Legal System were an excellent start to understanding the structure of the legal system in the United States and the roles that the various players in it have, from government, to judges, to the parties in a case.Having an understanding of the system helps every day when dealing with different parties from different sides of a legal matter. Courses such as American Government that provided a study of all the duties and departments of the government were also helpful in understanding how the rest of the government works, and what role my agency plays in the big picture. Analytical writing skills, more specifically, also come into play at my job. I proofread legal briefs prepared by attorneys, so I need to be able to comprehend the basics of their legal arguments to help make sure that they make sense. Having previous experience with the application of existing case law to the facts of a case at hand is a tremendous help in making sure a brief flows and makes sense, even to a non-lawyer like myself. Our lawyers support their arguments with case law that has similar facts to the one they are working on. From the basic knowledge of the system, to the in-depth exploration of case law and analytical reasoning, there is no doubt that my experience as a Political Science major at Augustana put me in a position to be successful.
Jason Schultz at historic Angkor Thom, Angkor City, Cambodia the largest religious site in the world.
Jason Schultz, class of 2011
After graduating Augustana I moved to China where I was an English teacher at a university. Once again my background in political science was vitally important to my comprehension of the actions taken by government officials, and the events which would unfold afterwards. During my time in China I saw a Chinese political dissident win the Nobel Peace Prize, the effects of the Arab Spring cause protests all over the country, and the rampant arrests of political dissidents in the aftermath of these protests. All of these events were incredibly important to the future of the Chinese political structure, and ultimately the political demographic of the world. My degree in Political Science allowed me to examine these events with a sharp eye on what their respective impact could be, along with how they may affect China in the future. Looking at the world around us with the perspective of a political scientist has allowed me to constantly assess different aspects of the American political system, government, and international world that I would have never noticed. It has made me a better citizen and has prompted me to become a teacher, where I hope to pass along this knowledge and express the importance of this discipline.
Amanda Seifert, class of 2011
Amanda in Vietnam
I am currently studying at George Mason University, working towards my Masters of Public Policy. George Mason is one of the top schools in its field and is a stone's throw from D.C. The internships, travel abroad, and close faculty relationships I experienced with the Political Science department were incredibly valuable when it came time to apply for graduate school. My classes with the Political Science department have made my adjustment to graduate school a lot smoother than many of my colleagues. While graduate school is more challenging, the writing expectations and course loads from the department prepared me well.
I am also working for the local school district as an AVID Tutor. The goal of the program is to get students to take classes that are more challenging, improve their studying skills, and apply to and graduate from four-year colleges. They have an amazingly high success rate, and I play a part in that by helping students develop critical thinking. It was through my time in the Political Science department that I discovered the real key to success is critical thinking skills. You can memorize all the facts in the world but it is the ability to reason and to think critically, that gives you the ability to learn in any situation. It is this skill that I learned from the Political Science department which I hope to pass on to the students I
I know my experiences from Political Science helped me develop my skills and ignited my passion for policy. I really have the Political Science department to thank for helping get where I am today.
Political Activism at Augustana
POLS student Eric Palmer (2nd from left)had his photo taken with President Obama as a reward for his help on the presidental campaign over the summer.
Throughout the campaign season students and professors across campus actively participated in a series of election events on campus and in the community. Students had many opportunities to join in campaign activities, including President Obama's Quad City visits, debate watches, and door to door canvasing for candidates.
College Democrats with Rock Island Mayor, Dennis Pauley
On Sunday September 30th Professor Chris Whitt moderated the 2012 Candidates Forum. The event was hosted by The Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as well as Blackhawk College's College Democrats and College Republicans. This event provided the opportunity for Illinois voters to learn where candidates stand on important regional issues. "[This forum] gives me the opportunity to get out there infront and talk about what I stand for," said Bobby Schilling, the Republican representative for Illinois 17th district. Cheri Bustos, the Democratic candidate seized the opportunity to accuse Schilling of sending jobs overseas. While both candidates agreed on some issues the debate was fast paced with each having a limited time to respond to the questions Dr.Whitt asked the candidates.
The Obamas in Davenport
Students in the College Democrats, College Republicans, and Politics Club organized and facilitated the Vice Presidential Debate Watch and the Presidential Debate Watch meetings. For each debate, students met beforehand for pre-debate discussions, followed by the debate viewings, and finished with a post-debate discussion. All debate watch meetings were well attended and provided students an opportunity to express their political views with their peers as well as with the local media.
The purpose of Politics Club is to provide an outlet for the Augustana community to become more involved in politics and discuss public policy. Politics Club is a non-partisan organization where students can feel comfortable voicing their opinions in a non-threatening environment.
President: Joe Wood
Vice-President: J.D. Englehardt
Treasurer: Zachary Ramos
Secretary: Becky Brosch
Advisor: Dr. Mariano Magalhaes
Phone: (309) 794-7731
American Model United Nations - November 23-26, 2013
The Delegation gathers aftera day of conflicts and resolutions
|Szymon Ligas & Alicia Lumberry hard at work combating malaria.
From November 23rd through the 26th, 14 Augustana students, accompanied by Dr. Mariano Magalhães, participated in the 24th Annual American Model United Nations International Conference in Chicago, IL. Led by Head Delegate Joe Wood, these committed students represented the Oriental Republic of Uruguay in fierce debates on a wide range of topics. Some of the topics included were the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy Review, rights of the child, establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East, and international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space. Students took part in five General Assembly committees, as well as the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean and the Commission on Crime Prevention and Justice. Additionally, Bonnie Thornton represented Uruguay in an International Court of Justice dispute against Argentina. After an excellent representation by Advocate Thornton and much deliberation, the Justices ruled almost unanimously in our favor!
Participants: Gage Meyers, Scott Hale, Zach Ramos, Quinn Foley, Becky Brosch, Clair Wright, Mike Curtis, Bonnie Thornton, JD Englehardt, Patrick Ruddy, Alicia Lumberry, Szymon Ligas, Madison Rodgers and Joe Wood.
College Republicans are dedicated to promoting the ideals and candidates of their party to the Augustana Community. College Republicans is also for students interested in participating in local and national political activities as well as social events.
President: Megan Kirik
Vice-President: Eric Moczwicz
Treasurer: John Bagnuolo
Advisor: Dr. Greg Tapis
Phone: (309) 794-7145
The purpose of this organization is to get Augustana students involved in the Rock Island County Democratic Party, as well as to inform students on democratic principles and ideals. We offer many networking opportunities with politicians and other elected officials in the area.
President: Tyler Grace
Vice-President: Vanessa Reyes
Treasurer: Megan Young
Secretary: Maggie Richardson
Advisor: Dr. Christopher Whitt
Phone: (309) 794-7288
On Oct 31, 2013, Corey Booker was sworn in as a US Senator from New Jersey. Dr. Whitt was in DC recruiting for the College at the 2014 Institute on Teaching and Mentoring. He was able to use connections with the Democratic Party to get invited to the reception honoring Senator Booker at the Liaison Hotel in DC.
|Dr. Whitt and Senator Booker|
Augustana has many funding opportunities available to help finance special projects throughout a student's college career. The items listed below are only a starting point in finding ways to fund internships, research projects, and conference attendance.
Augie Choice guarantees students the opportunity for the kinds of learning that will make them stand out when they start careers or go on to graduate school. All students receive $2,000 to support a qualifying hands-on learning experience of their choice, such as international study, a service-learning project, research or an internship. For more information please go to: http://www.augustana.edu/x4793.xm
William F. Freistat Center Grant
Established in 1992, The Freistat Chair for Studies in World Peace was established by William F. Freistat,
of Piedmont, Calif., Augustana alumnus and retired Kaiser Industries executive. The Freistat Chair
supports multi-disciplinary involvement in peace studies and furthers the development of the Peace
Studies program at Augustana through research, seminars, lectures and forums. For more information please go to: http://www.augustana.edu/x11381.xml
Hasselmo Prize for Academic Pursuit
Established by Dr. Nils Hasselmo, Class of 1957, in recognition of the ways in which his Augustana education both informed and transformed his life and vocational calling. Hasselmo funds are to be used to fund a yearly prize to enrich the experience of a student who has demonstrated academic excellence and who expresses intent to pursue higher education teaching and/or research as a vocation. This is not an endowed fund but the prize offers $5,000 to each recipient, which could help fund a student's research/conference travel needs. This new award has one winner per year. Students are nominated by department chairpersons for this award. For more information please go to: http://www.augustana.edu/x35204.xml
Evelyn E. Nicholson Academic Venture Fund
Established by Evelyn E. Nicholson, Class of 1950, in recognition of the importance of student and faculty
research, and the College's creative, innovative and dedicated faculty. The purpose of this fund is to provide support for and encourage faculty and student research, and innovative program development that further distinguish Augustana's academic program and standing. For more information please go to: http://www.augustana.edu/x2689.xml
Augustana Student Research Committee
The Augustana Student Research/Inquiry Committee has established a program to encourage and underwrite the participation of students in professional conferences. A requirement for applying for funding is that the student be a formal presenter (for example a paper, report or poster) based on a research project conducted by the student under the supervision of an Augustana faculty member.
Monies granted to a student through this program may be used for conference registration, travel and housing at the conference. Reimbursements for food and incidental expenses are not included. It is expected that this request is made for funds needed in addition to any that are available through your department. For more information please click here.
Augustana Research Foundation—Student Research Assistantships
Annually provides funding for an outstanding student to work closely on a research project with a member of the Augustana College faculty. Click here for more information.
The following is not intended to be an exhaustive list of occupations associated with this major. Political Science Majors enter a variety of occupational fields. What is represented is intended as a starting point in the career decision making process.
American Politics and Institutions
Public Policy and Administration
|United Nations||College Professor, General Educator||Law School— Masters/Law Degree||Debate—Political Parties, Foreign Affairs, etc.||
Elected Local, State, or Federal Official— Campaigns/Elections
|U.S. Diplomat—Foreign Service Agency||Education Administration||Paralegal||Government Positions||
Federal—White House Advisor, Congressional Researcher
|National Security, Defense Analyst||Journalist||Criminal/District Attorney||National Security Consultant||
Civilian Consultant to Department of Defense
|Peace Corps||Lobbyist||Political Director||Educator, University President||
CIA, NSA Intelligence Specialist
|Non-Profit Organizations||Broadcasting, Reporter||Judge, Chief of Staff||Policy Analyst||
Office of Personnel Management
|Immigrant/Refugee Coordinator||Policy Analyst, Political Consultant||Corporate Legal Counsel||Legislative Assistant||
Public Affairs Officers— Urban/Regional Planner
Business—Foreign Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations, Banking/Finance
|Speech Writer||Media-Radio, Television, Internet—Media Pundit|
|Agency of International Development||Campaigns and Elections|
|Manager of Grassroots Organization|
Examples of Employers:
|College & Universities||Political Office Holders|
|Consulting Firms||Political Organizations|
|Federal Agencies||Publishing Firms|
|Field Research Firms||Research Firms|
|Foreign Embassies in Wash, DC||Social Security Administration|
|Law Enforcement Agencies||State/Local Governments|
|Law Firms||U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services|
Occupational and Professional Information: