Political Science  
 

About the Political Science Department

 
The mission of the Political Science Department is to foster critical, reflective, informed, and empowered participants and citizens.  The Department introduces students to fundamental theoretic approaches, methods of study, and content about how people and governments behave in a political context. 
 
From courses on News Media and Politics to Politics of Latin America to participation in the Model United Nations and Moot Court, the AQ Political Science Department and its faculty offer a range of courses and activities which introduce the student to how people behave in a political context. The Department offers both a major and a minor, and supports programs in Urban Studies, Community Leadership, International Studies and general education.  In addition to offering four scholarships, the department is very involved in a number of professional and scholarly work, including hosting the Annual Meeting of the Michigan Political Science Conference. Additionally, Political Science is an excellent Pre-Law degree. Therefore, the department fully supports, and teaches many Pre-Law courses.
 
Fields of Study and Career Options
Political Science is a well respected liberal arts discipline that is much more than a basic civics lesson. At AQ the focus is on developing critical thinking and examination of power, participation, and authority as they influence various political structures and issues such as gender, elections, conflict, human rights and the environment. If politics is about who gets what, when, how and why, then at AQ we ask students to apply these questions at every possible angle to develop and seek truth, such as it is in the political realm. While truth may be an elusive concept, critical thinking and evaluation is nevertheless fundamental. This is why many Aquinas College Political Science graduates have gone onto outstanding careers in a variety of professions. See especially AQ Political Science Students and Alumni.
 
AQ Political Science graduates are well educated individuals with highly developed critical thinking, written and oral communications skills. Additionally, our graduates are exposed to a wide variety of research tasks. They are prepared for a number of careers and/or admittance into graduate and professional schools. Graduates with high grade point averages, quality letters of reference from faculty, good performance on professional entry exams are very well situated for the career or graduate/professional school of their choice.