Politics Minor

Politics Support (Minor)

Politics is about taking action to make something happen.  As a politics support student, you will learn how politics works, how people get elected to office, how laws and made and how they affect use, and how you, yourself, are a political actor.  You will study public policy, the art of influencing laws and other tools of government.

Hands-On Approach

At Alverno, you learn about politics through experience, through simulations such as attending a national model United Nations and through in-class simulations.  Although an internship is not required for a Politics support, you could complete your internship requirement in a politically-based organization.  You will also have opportunities to work in actual political campaigns.  Your experiences will help you understand how politics works in the real world.

Government-Related Careers

You will leave Alverno with political experience, strong research skills, and the ability to work well in a team – all abilities that will serve you in a political career or any career involving politics.  You will be prepared for jobs in federal, state, and local governments, as well as non-profit organizations.  A political education is also an excellent background if you are interested in a career in public policy, journalism, or research positions in for-profit and non-profit organizations. 

A support in Politics will help you prepare for law school and graduate school.  Graduate education requires the logical thinking and research skills that you will develop at Alverno College.

Have you ever thought about running for office?  How about managing a campaign?  Candidates run for office, but somebody has to manage their campaigns.  You could write speeches, organized events, supervise volunteers, and talk with the media.  You could be the one to help the candidate sharpen her image and zero in on the key issues.

Sample Curriculum

  • American Politics
  • Community Power and Change
  • Social Change and Social Movements
  • Social Theory
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Organizations and the United Nations
  • Women and Leadership
  • Behavioral Science Research Methods
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Principles of Economics
  • Advanced Seminar