Who will be the next president? Why do countries fight wars? Why does democracy have stronger roots in some countries than others? What drives decision-making in Congress and on the Supreme Court? How do challenges like terrorism and nuclear proliferation affect US foreign policy? How do politics vary from Latin America to Asia to Europe? How do leaders navigate political issues involving complex legal systems, economic relationships, human rights, and the environment?
UE political science students engage these and many other interesting questions during their courses, internships, and study abroad experiences. In doing so, they develop analytical skills that are useful for a wide range of careers–from work in government or NGOs to business and law school. Reading with a sharp eye for the logic and evidence that support different arguments, writing focused memos and research papers on interesting subjects, and practicing public speaking through in-class presentations help prepare UE political science students for a job market in which employers value critical thinking and communication skills as well as political knowledge.
Along the way, UE political science students can supplement their course work with a range of enriching experiences, including:
- Studying abroad in numerous countries around the world, including at UE’s Harlaxton College in the United Kingdom.
- Internships in the United States or abroad (at locations such as the United Nations, European Union, or the U.S. Congress).
- Field trips to conventions, career programs, and academic conferences.
- Undergraduate research, including opportunities to work closely with faculty and present at national meetings and conferences.
- Model United Nations, an annual competition that encourages students to develop knowledge of global issues, research methods, negotiation, and public speaking.