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Political Science


Whether you’re looking for a career in politics, law, teaching, grassroots organization, or political consulting, a political science minor will provide you with a deep understanding of why things happen in the world of politics – and helps you find your place in it. This minor is designed for students who desire to enhance their ability to deal intelligently and critically with issues and ideas about government and politics. Our program focuses on cultivating the strong research, writing, and oral presentation skills necessary to achieve in this ever-changing field, wherever you choose to take your career.

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Program Details

For a political science minor, you will complete 18 credit hours of approved political science courses. Courses include American National Government, Western Political Thought, World Issues, and United States Foreign Policy. Students may also earn academic credit for supervised, professionally related work experience with public or private employers such as museums, political campaigns, and government agencies.

Classes You’ll Take

Admission to Clarke University

Minors help students acquire knowledge which supports their major and adds breadth to their education. Students generally obtain a minor by completing 21 semester hours in that field. Course descriptions can be found under the appropriate departmental heading. Consult with your advisor to apply for a minor field of study.

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Apply to Clarke today to begin your journey.

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Meet Our Faculty

When our graduates speak about the Clarke moments that helped shape them, there’s always a professor in the story. That’s because being a faculty member at Clarke University requires a deep passion for educating, encouraging, and empowering students. Here, your professors will know your name. They will push you to develop your full potential, and then they’ll ask for more. And, they’ll be right there to congratulate you when you exceed even your own expectations. Often, it’s a relationship that lasts a lifetime.

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Michael Knock, Ph.D.

Michael Knock, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History

It is the teacher’s job to share his or her passion for the subject and to show the student why the material is worth their time.

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One-on-one instruction from Ph.D.-level faculty.

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