When you major in political science at Mount Mercy, you’ll study courses in American politics, comparative politics, international politics and political theory, building a solid foundation in the study of politics and governance.
You'll gain experience. A strong research focus is only part of the political science major. You’ll study under distinguished faculty members who have worked for the United Nations and U.S. Congress. They’ve helped students find internship experience at the White House, congressional and senate offices, the Iowa legislature, Iowa Governor’s Office, state and federal courts, in campaign offices, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies.
You'll be involved. The Political Science Club hosts debate watches and has sponsored candidate forums. Want to run a campaign on the Hill? Get involved in Student Government Association. Interested in travel? A partnership with Palacky University offers political science students a chance to study in Olomouc, Czech Republic for a summer or semester, gaining invaluable perspective on global politics.
Many students choose to pair a major or minor in political science with studies in criminal justice, social work, business, education, history or psychology. We also offer the pre-law minor to students preparing to take the LSAT and apply to law school.
Students with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science often go on to conduct research and policy analysis for government agencies, corporations, think tanks, nonprofits and research institutions. They pursue careers as lawyers, policy makers, journalist, campaign organizers and survey analysts.
A major or minor in political science also contributes to professional development in education, social work, health care, criminal justice, diplomacy, advocacy, journalism, business, research and more.
Mount Mercy graduates who majored in political science have followed many paths:
“Mount Mercy's political science program prepared me to succeed by giving me a well-balanced academic schedule, challenging courses that required me to think for myself, and provided support and opportunities to immerse myself into the education and career path that best suited my interests.”— Danielle Cripe '05, Services Specialist for U.S. Senator Charles Grassley