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Political science

Learning to participate in decision and change.

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Study and research the power dynamics of the world, and learn how to participate in public and political decision and change.

Just so you know, participate is an especially important aspect of the Augustana experience.

Augustana is in the Quad Cities, a place that includes cities in Illinois and Iowa separated by the Mississippi River. This is an advantage if you want to participate in and learn from local, state and national political campaigns. As an important swing state and home to the Iowa caucus, Iowa brings prominent politicians near or on campus. You can get involved in these campaigns.

What you'll learn

Critical thinking and information literacy

Critical thinking and information literacy

Judge and construct arguments, raise questions and define problems. Make a conclusion based on evidence.

Intellectual curiosity

Intellectual curiosity

Set yourself up for lifelong intellectual growth. Take responsibility for your own learning.

Ethical citizenship

Ethical citizenship

Examine and embrace your strengths, passions and values. Develop ethical convictions and act on them.

Intercultural competence

Intercultural competence

Understand real and imaginary similarities and differences. Use more than one perspective to view issues.

Collaborative leadership

Collaborative leadership

Make decisions and act for the good of the community as a group.

If you’re interested in politics, global affairs, government, legal systems, public policy or political theory, Augustana’s curriculum covers all these topics.

Based on recent years, a political science major at Augustana is likely to:

• Study in Brazil or China for a semester.

• Attend a Model United Nations conference in Chicago.

• Complete an internship with the local, state or federal government.

• Participate in the Politics Club, College Democrats and/or College Republicans. (Each group has strong ties to local parties, candidates and elected officials, which results in opportunities to work on national campaigns and in Congress.)

• Present original research at regional/national conferences under the guidance of faculty members.

Distinctions

• Augustana offers a major and minor in political science, with classes in a variety of fields: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, public law and public policy.

• The department is closely associated with Augustana's pre-law program as well as communication studies, business administration, sociology and economics.

Professors are involved in Model United Nations and Model Arab League groups, and work with Augustana's Freistat Center for Studies in World Peace, which brings international leaders to campus.

• Students have many opportunities to engage in activism and social justice work in the Quad Cities, with a population of more than 400,000 representing diverse populations.

• Augustana’s political science majors have careers in law, business, education, urban planning, community organizing and grant writing. Alumni include state legislators, mayors, city management administrators and lobbyists. Political science alumni are eager to support current students.

Brazil

Caroline Wator '20, a political science and public health major, won the grand prize in the Augie Abroad photo contest with this photo taken in Brazil while she was studying abroad.

Recent graduates

Genesis Li '21 is in the Masters of Public Administration program at Cornell University, College of Human Ecology in Ithaca, N.Y.

Austin Schoeck '17 is an associate attorney at Bozeman, Neighbour, Patton & Noe, LLP.

Cameron Onumah '14 is manager of public policy at Amazon in the Greater Los Angeles Area, after working in the office of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinsten for four years.

Rachel Lenke '13 is principal at Kivvit, a public affairs and communications firm in Chicago.

Alicia Oken '13 is the social media platforms director for the Democratic National Committee in Washington, D.C.

Jason Schultz '10 is director of resource development at Navy Pier in Chicago.

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More Than I Imagined Maggie Jokinen
“I wouldn't be anywhere near attending a Top 10 law school without the incredible professors I've had.”
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More Than I Imagined Leo Nguyen
“Professor Xiaowen Zhang and Professor Mariano Magalhães pushed me to explore all aspects of politics.”
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“What guided me were the students, faculty and administrative mentors who inspired me to pursue new opportunities.”
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