Programs

Political Science

Cottey’s political science courses offer students the opportunity to study the major institutions, ideologies, philosophies, politics, culture, social features, religious beliefs, and the art and literature contributing to the development of Western Civilization and the United States and their role in today’s global society. An informed awareness of historical developments and political thought and systems will prepare students for a diverse range of careers as well as for lives of action and contribution in contemporary society.

Career Opportunities

Political science majors explore the origins, historical development, and functions of government and political power.

Students study the ways in which electoral, legislative, judicial, and administrative structures vary among countries; the reasons why governments change, fall, and engage in wars; and the behavior of public officials and other citizens who take part in politics.

Professors of political science attempt to provide students with a better understanding of political parties, interest groups, international relationships, public law, public administration, liberty, freedom, justice and power.

Major sub-branches include political theory and philosophy, comparative government and politics, international relations, and political behavior.

Political science graduates choose careers as educators, politicians, lawyers, researchers, journalists, political consultants, international relations specialists, foreign service officers, fundrasiers, city planners, consumer advocates, labor relations specialists, and lobbyists.

Internship and Directed Study Opportunities

As a political science major, your chances to gain learning experiences through internships and directed studies are almost boundless.

Students at Cottey College participate in internships throughout the year with a variety of businesses, organizations, and non-profit agencies. A successful internship provides students with an opportunity to apply their classroom learning to the workplace.

With the assistance of faculty and the transfer and career planning coordinator,political science majors can find a variety of local and national internship experiences.

Get Involved

Want to have fun and develop your leadership skills and your resume at the same time? Then get involved at Cottey College and in the Nevada community.

Cottey College has more than 35 student clubs and organizations in which to be involved. Plus, the Nevada and surrounding community offer an abundance of service opportunities.

Here are a few activities you might consider pursuing as a policial science major: join Cottey’s Political Interest Group (P.I.G.); run for office with the Student Goverment Association; lead a voter registration drive; join Cottey’s chapter of Amnesty International; volunteer for a political campaign; join Students Against a Vanishing Environment; attend a Nevada city council meeting; or write for The Spectrum (Cottey’s student newspaper.)

Faculty Advising

Preparing a class schedule, investigating majors, and researching transfer institutions can be confusing for a firstyear student. At Cottey College, academic advising assists the individual student in clarifying and achieving her educational goals.

Each student is assigned a full-time faculty member as an academic advisor. Together the advisor and student devise a balanced academic program, which encompasses the student’s educational and career ambitions. The advisor reviews all registration decisions, the advisee’s academic progress, and suggests transfer and career options.

This personalized approach to student advising allows the student to take responsibility for her own academic program, while tapping into faculty expertise.

Kanji Watanabe, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations
Coordinator of International Relations
136 Rubie Burton Academic Center
417-667-6333, ext. 2188
kwatanabe@cottey.edu

Oindrila Roy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of International Relations
125 Rubie Burton Academic Center
417-667-6333, ext. 2229
oroy@cottey.edu

As a political science major, students explore the origins, historical development, and functions of government and political power. Political science majors study the ways in which electoral, legislative, judicial, and administrative structures vary among countries; the reasons why governments change, fall, and engage in wars; and the behavior of public officials and other citizens who take part in politics. Professors of political science attempt to provide students with a better understanding of political parties, interest groups, international relationships, public law, public administration, liberty, freedom, justice and power. Major sub-branches include political theory and philosophy, comparative government and politics, international relations, and political behavior.

Is This Major For You?

You might like this major if you also like: history; current events; politics; debate; student government; community service activities; issues relating to social justice

Consider this major if you are good at: critical thinking; speaking and writing articulately; reading; leadership; data interpretation; research; teamwork

Employment Settings

  • Colleges and universities
  • Government and non-profit agencies
  • Libraries and historical societies
  • Corporations or consulting firms
  • Public and private research groups
  • Law firms

Sample Occupations

  • Foreign Affairs Officer
  • Curator
  • Journalist
  • Advocate
  • Lawyer
  • Educator
  • Political Campaign Consultant

Academic Assistance Center Resources

Great Jobs for Political Science Majors
Careers in Government
Opportunities in Government Careers

Typical Courses In This Major

  • Introduction to Political Science
  • U.S. Government
  • International Relations
  • Judicial Processes
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • International Law
  • Global Issues
  • Political Theory
  • Ethic and Racial Politics
  • Politics of Ecological Crisis

Other Majors You Might Like

• International Relations • History • Public Administration • Journalism • Peace and Conflict Studies • American Studies • Urban Studies

Websites To Visit

American Political Science Association
www.apsanet.org

Midwest Political Science Association
www.mpsanet.org

For more information on this and other majors, visit the Transfer and Career Planning Office located in the Academic Assistance Center, RBAC 164, ext. 2132.