About the Political Science Program
Politics majors at Carroll University will develop a general knowledge of the following:
- Major institutions (e.g., legislatures, executives, judiciaries, bureaucracies) and processes (e.g., voting, policy-making) of American governments and of diverse national political systems.
- The main theories used to understand the global arena as well as the impact of globalization on global and national politics.
- The structure and functions of political theorizing as well as an overview of its history.
- Important processes and agencies within public organizations and the ethical dimensions of public service.
- Students develop strong communication skills (reading, writing, listening) as well as analytical and critical skills, which enable them to dissect and solve complex problems effectively.
- Students develop the capacity to conduct independent research (identify and develop a research question, design research strategies based on the application of quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies, access and interpret information from print and electronic sources, write and present a critical and analytical argument).
- Students are strongly encouraged to develop an understanding of the world of work by completing an internship or by participating in an off-campus program that involves contact with governments or non-governmental organizations engaged in the public policy process.
Upon completing the Global Studies major students should:
- View global challenges from a perspective that integrates political, historical, economic, cultural and normative perspectives.
- Be able to articulate the primary theoretical frameworks used to understand the global arena.
- Understand the role of important state and non-state actors (international and non-governmental groups and organizations) in the global arena.
- Demonstrate strong communications skills (reading, writing and listening) as well as analytical and critical skills that enable them to dissect and solve complex problems effectively.
- Demonstrate the capacity to conduct independent research (identify and develop a research question, design research strategies based on the application of quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies, access and interpret information from print and electronic sources, write and present a critical and analytical argument).
What Can I Study?
A major or minor in political science includes courses in politics and government in the United States and other nations, public administration, political theory, Congress and the Presidency, public policy, politics and culture, and constitutional law. Special topics courses cover elections, public opinion, and politics and film.
Interdisciplinary in nature, global studies includes courses in contemporary global politics, and politics in developed and in developing countries, and courses in economics, history and environmental science. If you major in global studies, you can easily major or minor in a modern language, history, business, or area studies (such as European Studies).
- Faculty in political science and global studies promote local and regional internships, and in Washington, D.C., to give students hands-on experience.
- Spend one semester in the nation's capital. The Washington Center program includes a substantial internship on Capitol Hill, in federal agencies, or in non-profit or for-profit organizations.
- Examples of recent internships include offices of state and federal legislators, mayors' offices, the Wisconsin governor's office, city, county and federal agencies, law firms, non-profit organizations such as the International Institute of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin World Trade Center, and the United Community Center.
- You can participate in the University of Wisconsin's United Nations Summer Seminar, which includes study in Milwaukee followed by one month of meetings and speakers at the U.N.
- Spend a semester or year at one of Carroll's many partner institutions around the world, or take part in a shorter Carroll sponsored New Cultural Experience Program (NCEP).
- You can participate in Carroll's Mock Trial Team, the Pre-Law Club, and the local chapter of the national political science honorary society, Pi Sigma Alpha.
- Politics and global studies faculty teach and conduct research in the United States and internationally, often collaborating with colleagues in other disciplines.
What You Can Do With A Political Science Or Global Studies Major?
Our majors pursue graduate study at University of Arizona, Ohio State University, University of Wisconsin, University of Minnesota, University of Michigan, Northern Illinois University, DePaul University, Loyola University and Marquette University.
Our majors pursue careers as an attorney, legislative staffer, political analyst, campaign director, researcher, lobbyist, Peace Corps volunteer, journalist, grant writer, governmental administrator, non-governmental organization director and more.