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Political Science

Major and Minor

What will I learn?

You'll learn everything from how the United Stations works to the politics of Russia, China, and the Middle East to the big challenges facing the global community today.

Understanding the relationship between media and politics is more important than ever. In this course, you'll learn about the historical impact of media in American politics, as well as current-day topics like media bias, the rise of alternative media, and how media impacts public policy.

What can I do with my degree?

The options are wide and vast. You can hit the campaign trail. Spearhead a nonprofit. Teach the next generation of engaged citizens. There are so many directions a major or minor in political science can take you. You can find some of our recent graduates working in the Iowa Governor's office, E3 Federal in Washington, D.C., AmeriCorps, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Foundation and Coopera.

Graduate and law schools are eager to accept Simpson graduates. Some of the places political science majors have continued their education include  American University, Bush School of Government at Texas A&M, George Washington University, University of Denver, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, University of London and Drake University

Interested in knowing about more opportunities available to you?

Take a look at all the great things happening in the Department of Political Science that will help shape your time at Simpson.


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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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