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Department of Political Science

Political Science, International Relations and Pre-Law

Advance your political ambitions

Whether spending a semester in Washington, D.C., interning at leading law firms, or interacting with national political figures, our political science department prepares you for a rewarding career in law, politics or public policy.

Take advantage of every opportunity


With our proximity to Des Moines and our strong connections in Washington, D.C., many of our students complete two internships or more, spend a semester on Capitol Hill or study abroad. Some even do all three.

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When you're on campus, you won't just learn in the classroom. You'll have the opportunity to gain critical thinking, presentation, and leadership skills that will benefit you wherever your degree takes you.

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Discover how Simpson graduates have turned their degrees into productive professional lives.

Simpson Success Stories

This is what success looks like

Our students and alumni share how Simpson helped them define achievement on their own terms

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MacKenzie Bills

MacKenzie Bills

It is hard to find a college campus as supportive and encouraging as Simpson. A liberal arts education helped me challenge myself in critical thought, professional development, and personal growth.

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Kyle Liske '09

Kyle Liske '09

“Simpson enabled me to not only gain valuable knowledge in the classroom; it helped me apply that knowledge in the ‘real world.’ These types of skills and experiences, from working on sustainability to analyzing public policy, have been invaluable throughout my professional career in Washington, D.C.”

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Meghan Chaffee ‘09

Meghan Chaffee ‘09

Simpson's focus on its liberal arts curriculum helped me discover what topics peaked my interest. In my courses, I had the advantage of smaller class sizes, which encouraged discussion -- creating a solid, well-rounded education.

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The best place to be for politics

Because of Iowa's first-in-the-nation political caucuses, every four years we become the center of the political universe. As a student at Simpson, you will have the chance to meet candidates from all parties and all races as they bring their campaigns right to campus. You will have extraordinary opportunities to have a front row seat to history in the making.

If you care about government, if you care about social issues, if you care about changing the world, Simpson is the place for you.

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