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Political Science

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Major or Minor in

Political Science

Politics structure our society and inform our everyday choices. Linfield political science majors explore questions of power, inequality and justice and develop a dynamic skill set that enables them to adapt to a changing workplace. Political science is a close-knit department that challenges you to discover your own special talents and use them to make a positive difference in your life and in the lives of others. The political science major gives you the skills and knowledge you need for careers in regional and national government, political campaigns, foreign service or further graduate study.

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As a political science major at Linfield

you might take:

Introduction to American Politics

Grapple with questions about how our national government is supposed to work and how it does work. (POLS 201)

Great Political Thinkers

Machiavelli, Plato, and Baldwin will guide you to a richer comprehension of the world. (POLS 220)

January Term in Washington, D.C.

Learn how Washington works from the inside: visit key institutions, attend briefings with members of the media, and conduct a research project. (POLS 450)

Studying political science at Linfield

Learning Outcomes

  • Think critically, systematically and creatively about political issues by employing a variety of theoretical and methodological tools

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  • Demonstrate a fundamental grasp of the central political problems in local, national, and global contexts

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  • Communicate in a clear, cogent, and literate fashion to a range of audiences, both in writing and verbally

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  • Apply their coursework to their own experience through January term courses abroad, internships, and/or a semester in Washington, D.C.

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  • Engage productively and responsively in civic debate and discourse
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Intern in all areas of political science

Internships provide invaluable hands-on experience and further develop your professional skills. Some companies where laws, rights, and justice majors at Linfield have found internship placements include:

  • US Senator Merkeley & US Rep Kurt Schrader
  • Beer Co-op, CapeTown, South Africa

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Have questions about studying political science at Linfield? Reach out! We'd love to connect with you.
Patrick Cottrell
Patrick Cottrell
Professor and Department Chair
Walker Hall
503-883-2477
pcottre@linfield.edu