Macalester is a great place to study political science.

With a strong faculty offering compelling courses, challenging academic paths that take you from theory to civic engagement, and with opportunities for study abroad that lead to top-flight honors theses and capstone projects, students leave our strong diverse community to go on to challenging and meaningful careers around the globe all in the service of one goal: building a better world.

Political Science fosters intellectual excellence and community engagement in preparation for imaginative leadership in a complex world.

Good things that could happen if you major in Political Science at Macalester

  • Building on a sophomore internship, you join the Chuck Green Civic Engagement Fellowship during your junior year and join forces with a host company of your special interests.
  • After taking two classes in political theory, your senior year you work as a preceptor, teaching younger students at Macalester.
  • You specialize in international politics and win a Best Delegation award at Model U.N
  • After studying abroad in a country of your choice, you can write a senior capstone project, present it at the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) in Chicago, publish your work in a journal, and win a Fulbright to conduct further research in a country after graduation.

Hannah Trostle ’15 recently published her research “Media Identity and Violence: American Indian Occupations” in the Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics. (Trostle’s paper runs from page 22-38)

Recent Topics Courses

  • Gender and Global Politics
  • Humanitarianism in World Politics
  • Politics of Urban Education
  • Presidential Campaigns and Elections
  • Transitional Justice

Pi Sigma Alpha

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Twelfth Annual Pi Sigma Alpha Conference

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Weyerhaeuser Board Room

Get details here