Political Science Major



Obama’s campaign strategist (David Axelrod) at a Culver Center event at Simpson College in 2015.

Intern at the White House, walk the halls of the Capitol, assist a U.S. Attorney, meet leaders at Culver Center events, and travel to Washington D.C. for the semester or May Term. You can do it all at Simpson!


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Want to live & intern in Washington, D.C.?

Scholarships of up to $20,000 for students
who love politics: Apply for Culver Fellows!

Experience the advantages of Simpson…

Simpson alumni rave about the opportunities they had here. Watch this video to hear from Prof. Bardwell, JoAnna, and MaKenna on the ways to get involved at Simpson.

Click Joanna’s photo to see recent student and alumni success stories!

JoAnna Freeland, Simpson Success Story

What are the required courses for a Political Science major?

    • PoSc 101 American Government
    • PoSc 240 World Politics
    • PoSc 385 Senior Seminar

Harvard University scholar John Della Volpe talks to Simpson students about his surveys of “Millennials” at a Culver event.

One course in Comparative Politics:

  • PoSc 230 West European Politics
  • PoSc 231 Politics of Russia and Eastern Europe
  • PoSc 232 Asian Politics
  • PoSc 233 Latin American Politics

One course in American Institutions:

  • PoSc 215 American Political Parties and Elections
  • PoSc 250 American Presidency
  • PoSc 315 Supreme Court and the Constitution

One course in Public Policy:

  • PoSc 245 Global Issues
  • PoSc 270 American Public Policy
  • PoSc 370 Environmental Politics

Poli Sci Electives


Ann Selzer, ranked by FiveThirtyEight.com as the #1 pollster in the nation, explains the “magic” of surveys to Simpson students.

    • Choose four Political Science courses.

What about a Political Science minor?

  • PoSc 101 American Government
  • PoSc 240 World Politics
  • Political Science electives (3 courses)

Do you want to learn more?

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