The political science program at Central allows students to benefit from professors’ expertise in areas such as American and international politics. The major is excellent preparation for graduate and law school as well as a wide variety of careers in government, politics, law, business, mass media and education, as well as effective participation in civic and community affairs.
Students learn about government rules and institutions, and how individuals and groups interact at local, state, national and international levels through coursework and practical experience. Political science students learn to do original research and undertake civic engagement projects that allow them to connect with professionals and develop a resume of experience. Many students take part in experiential and service-learning projects or career-focused internships in Washington, D.C., Des Moines or while studying abroad.
Political science students are active participants in a wide variety of campus activities and organizations, including Mock Trial, Student Senate, Pi Sigma Alpha (national honor society of political science), College Republicans and Young Democrats.
Senior Emily Rouse spent a semester in London working for a Member of Parliament and preparing for law school.
We will work one-on-one with you to select and apply for an internship that will complement your courses and enhance your career prospects. Students are placed in governmental and non-governmental positions at local, state and national levels in the U.S., as well as in governmental and non-governmental positions at our study abroad sites, including at the British Parliament, United Nations and U.S. embassies and consulates abroad.
Recent internship examples include:
Political science courses prepare you for work in a variety of areas. Central offers courses in the major sub-fields of the discipline, including: American government and politics, public policy, international politics, comparative politics and research methods.
Central's expert faculty are leaders in their fields, conducting research and authoring papers and articles that expose students to the latest scholarship.
Learn more about political science in the course catalog.
Political science students have always been among the highest participators in study abroad, gaining life-changing, career-shaping experiences through internships abroad to learn firsthand about foreign and international politics, particularly in the London Program’s Parliamentary Internships option. To learn about federal, state and local government in the U.S., internship programs are also available in Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York City and Des Moines. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.
In fall 2009, the new 57,748-square-foot Roe Center opened to provide new classroom, office and instructional space for the political science, education, communication and psychology departments, along with Central’s nationally recognized community-based learning department.
Twenty-three students turned full-time researchers this summer. They investigated bats, bees, polymers, criminal sentencing and more — and received research grants to do it!
Central’s mock trial team celebrated 30 years on May 9 with a reception and dinner.