The Political Science program will educate students in the nature of political inquiry and public life, foster an appreciation of the importance of civic duty and obligations and the importance of an informed citizenry in the political process.
The study of political science provides students with an understanding of the political forces that shape our lives. The political science major at Notre Dame College combines the study of government and the political process with an academic and practical understanding of the creation and implementation of public policies. Through several concentrations, this program offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of governments, politics and policy at local, state, national, and international levels.
Students completing a major in Political Science or Political Science with a Concentration in Public Administration will be able to:
- Identify and explain leading theories, literature, and approaches to the subfields of political science (with a strong focus on policy implications and consequences).
- Formulate and analyze effective argumentation in written and oral forms for public service and policy solutions.
- Demonstrate a strong understanding and appreciation of the knowledge and civic responsibilities required for effective participation in public service and political life.
- Appreciate, comprehend, and critique political systems of underdeveloped, developing and developed countries.
- Analyze, assess, and discuss the development, implementation and evaluation of policy at the local, national, and international level.
- Develop and refine research, reading, writing, and critical thinking skills.
- Be prepared for graduate work in political science, law and policy studies as well as for work in politics, government, and certain fields within the private sector.