Southwestern faculty and students explore the various dimensions of power, analyze political philosophies and behaviors, and practice civic engagement with the world around them.
Studying political science is crucial to understanding one of the most powerful institutions shaping our lives: government. By comparing how different ideologies and forms of government have developed and evolved, analyzing how power and resources are distributed throughout a society and the world, and examining the impact of political events and public policies throughout history and across countries, students of the discipline become more informed, engaged participants within the local, national, and global communities.
At Southwestern, majoring or minoring in political science will broaden your understanding of a range of fascinating topics:
- campaigns and elections
- domestic and foreign policy
- international politics
- civil discourse
- the relationship between media and politics
- the relationship between politics and gender
- models of political leadership
- theories of revolution, conflict, and peace
- ideologies and political philosophies
You’ll cultivate the analytical tools, creative thinking, and communication skills that will prepare you for effective critical engagement with many different kinds of power structures. Those skills will also help you develop a sound foundation for future study in a wide variety of professions as well as graduate programs. Recent Southwestern political science alumni are currently pursuing careers in law, government, K–12 and higher education, nonprofits, urban planning, business, and international affairs.
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Terri Givens will discuss her research on the radical right and anti-discrimination policy in Europe from the late 1990s to the present. She will focus on changing discourses and the impact on party politics in France, Germany and the UK, as well as broader impacts on the European Union.FIND OUT MORE