Political Science

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Your political science degree from Morningside will leave you well prepared to address the challenges and opportunities of our rapidly changing world. Gain a strong foundation for a career in law, government, business, or education, or prepare for graduate or law school. Morningside also provides unique opportunities to interact with high profile political candidates and officeholders while engaging in curriculum that emphasizes local, national, and international politics.

Degrees

Political Science (B.A.)

Major

Gender Studies

Minor

Political Science

Minor

United States Politics

Minor

A Great Fit For

  • Individuals with a passion for advocacy and community.
  • Those who wish to address issues through public service and government initiatives.
  • Anyone interested in solving community or systemic problems through research.
  • People who enjoy collaborating with individuals from varying backgrounds, viewpoints, and personalities.

THE MORNINGSIDE DIFFERENCE

Internships

Our internship program is extremely successful with more internship openings than we are able to place. Students have taken positions with congressional offices, within federal government, working on political campaigns, at non-profits, national advocacy organizations, and much more.

Student Clubs and Organizations

- Colonel Bud Day Center for Civic Engagement - Mock Trial Team - Morningside Civic Union

Research and Active Learning

You are encouraged to pursue independent study and research projects. Past research has included campaigns and social media, international political economy, Congress and the presidency, human rights and women’s rights, and much more. You may also have the opportunity to present findings at the Morningside University Palmer Research Symposium, the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), or at regional and national professional conferences.

FEATURED COURSES

REQUIRED

This course is an introduction to the politics and institutions of the federal government, including its relationship to state and local government. Issues addressed include: the constitution; branches of government; federalism; mediating institutions (e.g., media, social movements, political parties, elections, interest groups); contemporary political controversies and policy areas.

REQUIRED

The course studies contemporary issues through ideas, concepts, and institutions that influence government, society, and individuals globally. The course looks at the world community from the point of globalization, that is, the increase of interaction and the interdependence among countries. The course studies significant geographical concepts.

REQUIRED

This course explores international, regional, and national approaches to human rights law and its specific application to women’s rights. The course content includes major debates in human rights, such as universalism, cultural relationism, and public/private sphere. Students will reflect on their own values as related to human rights and women’s human rights.

EMPHASIS AREAS

An emphasis, enables you to specialize in a specific area within your chosen field of study, providing you with in-depth knowledge and a competitive edge in the job market post-graduation.

MEET THE FACULTY

Lillian Lopez

Lillian Lopez

Professor

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Patrick McKinlay

Patrick McKinlay

Professor

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RELATED MAJORS & MINORS

Still looking for the right fit? Here are some additional program options that we think might interest you or are often paired with this program. You can also view the programs page to keep exploring your options.

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X Path (Undecided)

WHY STUDY AT MORNINGSIDE?

13:1

student/faculty ratio so you’re assured a quality education focused on you

99%

employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation

65+

majors & pre-professional programs available

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