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Fast Facts: Political Science Minor

  • A strong liberal-arts approach to the discipline, with emphasis on political philosophy, global politics and international relations, peace and justice studies, and human rights.
  • Focused development of skills in critical thinking, leadership, research and analysis, communication and presentation.

Internships and other opportunities

  • Washington Semester Program at American University, where CSS students can choose from more than 10 programs in areas such as American politics, foreign policy, or international environment and development; where they can pursue an internship in a government agency or think tank; and where they have the option of working on an in-depth research project.
  • The CSS pre-law program, which prepares students for law school through advising and mentoring in the areas of course selection, internships, the legal profession and the application process.
  • A wide range of student clubs and organizations, including History and Political Science Club, Amnesty International, College Democrats, College Republicans and Student Senate.

Career outlook

The study of political science prepares students for graduate studies as well as for a wide range of careers, including those in teaching, law, government, public service, public policy and administration, foreign and military service, business, electoral politics, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and the nonprofit sector, interest-group advocacy and journalism.

Sample curriculum

Here are some classes you could take as part of this minor. Please note that you would not necessarily need all of these courses to fulfill a minor. This list doesn't include general education courses. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

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Expand and Collapse GCL 3200 - Popular Music/Political Movmnt

Political and social movements are peoples' collective efforts to transform history. This course examines political movements from the unique perspective of popular music performers who, throughout history and across cultures, have used song and dance as liberating and mobilizing forces for political action. Throughout the course, we will examine social and political movements from an interdisciplinary perspective, applying social change theory, literary theory, liberation theology and feminist theory to popular music. Tracing these movements through their particular historical and cultural contexts, we will explore the impact of popular music on social transformation and political change.

Expand and Collapse GCL 3301 - Human Rights

Inquires into the nature and role of human rights in the context of current international relations. Issues to be addressed range from the relationship between individual and collective rights to the problems of implementation of these rights. Among topics to be considered are torture, political repression, rights of women and indigenous peoples and cultural diversity.

Expand and Collapse HIS 3310 - United States Foreign Relations

Studies American foreign relations from the emergence of the U.S. as a world power at the end of the 19th century to the present. Examines principles, personalities and politics involved in the creation of modern American foreign policy.

Expand and Collapse PHL 2223 - Political Philosophy

What is the good society? What is the relationship between the individual and society? What does it mean to think of humans as political animals? What is justice? The course explores a variety of answers to these questions in the context of political issues such as civil disobedience, obligation to the law/conscience, liberty and equality, racism, feminism, multiculturalism and the possibility of Utopian communities.

Expand and Collapse POL 2001 - Introduction to Political Science

Introduction to the discipline of political science and the nature of political discourse, institutions and organizations. Topics range from politics and culture to terrorism and international relations.

Expand and Collapse POL 2280 - Rethinking Religion and Culture after 9/11

Offers students the opportunity to engage in historical reflection on 9/11 in light of recent work in religious studies and political philosophy on the rise of global religious violence throughout the world today. Examines 9/11 and its aftermath in relation to contemporary debates on the American-led "war on terror," the socio-political origins of international terrorism, the politics of corporate-led globalization, and transnational peace movements in the wake of the war in Iraq.

Expand and Collapse POL 3001 - Politics of Globalization

Students are exposed to divergent points of view and forms of analysis that surround the debate over globalization. The course stresses that globalization is not only about economics and politics but also wide ranging cultural, social and moral issues confronting the world community.

Expand and Collapse POL 3331 - American Government

Study of national government and development of form and functions of the federal system. Topics range from constitutional issues to public policy debates.

Expand and Collapse POL 4402 - Environmental Politics

An examination of debates dealing with global environmental problems and the varying roles of nongovernmental organizations. Topics vary from resource wars to environmental racism as issues confronting the human community.

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  • "Studying history and political science at St. Scholastica prepared me for engaging in Duluth politics  and for studying in the Masters of Advocacy and Political Leadership Program at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. My classes and internship spurred me to get involved in the community around me (for example, as chair of the city of Duluth Human Rights Commission). Through these experiences, I gained an understanding of the importance of social justice, past and present. As I study non-profit management, I remain grateful for the experiences I had while attending CSS and for the support I received from the faculty."

    – Margie Nelson, ‘12