Political Studies

Program Information

For course listings and descriptions, please review the Political Studies course descriptions in the Academic Calendar.

Major in Political Studies

(effective Sept. 2015)

  • AUIDS 100
  • AUPOL 103
  • AUPOL 210 or 211
  • AUPOL 200, 221, 240, 250, 300, 400
  • 12 additional credits of which a minimum of 9 must be at the 300 or 400 level

Minor in Political Studies

(effective Sept. 2015)

  • AUIDS 100
  • AUPOL 103
  • 6 credits from AUPOL 210, 211, 221, 240, 250
  • 6 additional credits of which at least 3 must be at the 300 level or above.

Note: Students who began their studies prior to September 2015 must fulfill the degree requirements in place when they started the program.

Learning Outcomes

Our students are competent researchers, who can:

  • Formulate a research question and thesis
  • Develop an appropriate method for answering that question
  • Conduct independent research using a variety of sources, tools and mediums
  • Synthesize and analyze the existing literature on the subject
  • Construct a convincing, logical and evidence-based argument

Our students are, effective communicators, who can:

  • Communicate their results effectively through a variety of mediums, which may include written reports and essays; electronic, digital and visual mediums; and through oral presentations
  • Work with groups of their peers
  • Articulate and defend their position within class discussions

Our students are critical thinkers, who can:

  • Read, evaluate, assess and compare a variety of types of sources and evidence
  • Utilize different lenses/approaches within political science to assess political events
  • Construct a convincing, logical and evidence based argument
  • Develop creative answers and solutions to political issues and debates

Our students are engaged citizens, who

  • Understand the social, economic and political context within which they live and work
  • Are aware of political issues
  • Engage in hands-on, practical political work. Our goal is to have every political studies major engage in an activity of this type over the course of their time at Augustana.