Political Science Major
The place of political science in a liberal arts setting has been established for the better part of 3,000 years. The political science department provides the means by which, in a liberal arts curriculum, undergraduate students learn to understand the political process at both domestic and international levels.
To fulfill this mission, the department offers two sets of courses: one centers on international politics while the other focuses on American politics. Like the ancient Greek philosophers, political science is instrumental to understanding and evaluating the processes which allocate societal values. In doing so, our students will be able to appreciate and understand these two levels of the political process.
As a result of this experience, students will be able to think analytically about the problems that face humankind internationally and domestically. They will be prepared for such things as law school, graduate school, and employment by government at the local, state, and federal levels, as well as careers in teaching.
At Franklin College, a strong emphasis continues to be placed on a sound liberal arts education. Political science students find a broad range of courses and educational experiences that introduce them to related careers. A major in political science complements many other academic areas of study, such as journalism, business, and history. An international relations minor further broadens a student’s academic possibilities.
While a majority of political science majors follow specifically designed pre-law curriculum and subsequently enter law school, others apply their political science knowledge to a variety of careers. A background in political science is especially helpful in such areas as administration (educational, public, hospital); civil service and foreign service; education (secondary and college); politics; personnel management; polling and public opinion analysis; urban studies and planning; diplomatic and intelligence service; and public environmental affairs.
The faculty believes it is particularly important in contemporary life for educated persons to understand political happenings and to apply their knowledge and understanding to the realities of the modern world. Formal course work is based upon core learning experiences designed to help achieve this goal. Small classes, low student-teacher ratio, and a maximum of individual attention allow for an environment conducive to academic achievement and the opportunity for students to develop as knowledgeable participants in their political environments.
In its dedication toward promoting and celebrating cultural diversity, Franklin formed the Directorate for International Studies. The directorate is an interdisciplinary faculty group that oversees the incorporation of international aspects to the Franklin College campus and in the curriculum.
While students do not technically major in “pre-law” to prepare for entrance to law school, they do follow a special curriculum consisting of those courses and experiences recommended by various schools of law. The political science department sponsors the Pre-law Club, which supplements the outlined course of study with activities, speakers, and discussions related to law school admission and the legal profession. Special academic advising helps students include course work necessary for admission to law school. Details concerning the pre-law program may be obtained through the chair of the political science department or the Office of Admissions.
Internships & Placements
Past Political Science internships include:
- Indiana Secretary of State’s Office
- Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office
- Mitchell, Hurst, Jacobs & Dick
- Office of the Prosecuting Attorney