Political Science

Political Science
Program Opportunities
  • Major in Political Science
  • Minor in Political Science

You’ll learn the theories and methods that help you analyze and understand political life and the dynamics of power and collective decision-making. In political science courses, you examine political behavior, the nature of contemporary political systems, the relations between and among nations, and the world’s major political philosophies.

As a political science major, you’ll take courses in American politics, international politics, comparative politics, and political theory. Our balanced program prepares students for a variety of rewarding careers in areas such as law, government, international affairs, business, and education.

Program Highlights
  • Students in political science learn from faculty who are active scholars and create interactive classroom environments. Each year, faculty co-teach a Senior Capstone Seminar that exposes students to the best research on contemporary political issues.
  • Political science majors serve as campus leaders, often as student body presidents and leaders of clubs and organizations. Our majors form the core of the Model United Nations and Mock Trial teams that represent Manchester in national and regional competitions.
  • Faculty and students in political science have varied interests. They travel and study abroad, and some have been Fulbright Scholars. They pursue interdisciplinary programs in International Studies, Peace Studies, and Gender Studies..
Successful Graduates
  • Veronica Schilb ’12, an honors graduate, received a prestigious Governor’s Fellowship and continues to work for Indiana’s governor. Frequently mentioned as a rising star in state politics, she recently participated in the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series.
  • Benjamin Tapper ’12, an honors graduate and former AmeriCorps Fellow, worked with the Indianapolis Mayor’s Office of Education Innovation. Currently, he helps students at the Christel House Dropout Recovery School connect with community resources and earn a high school diploma.
  • Farida Adam ’08 is the coordinator of Equity and Professionalism for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She credits her success to the opportunities Manchester gave her, including the Model United Nations program and a Lilly Endowment Pathways grant that sent her to Cambodia to work for the rights of women and children. After graduation, she earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.
  • Nkechi Onyeji Kwizera ’08, an executive analyst with Ascension Health in Austin, Texas, holds an MBA from Georgia Institute of Technology. She has worked in Uganda for Harvard University and the Massachusetts General Hospital as project manager for the Sustainable Household Income Project (SHIP).
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