The study of politics is informed by longstanding questions about power, freedom, justice and equality. The study of politics often entails a systematic but also critical examination of institutions and government processes at domestic and international levels. Through our political science courses students engage the spectrum of national, global and sub-national politics. They learn to contrast the American experience with political structures and processes in other parts of the world.
Our students develop the skills and mode of thinking that will foster a deeper understanding of our globalized world, appreciation of its diverstiy, and a respect for pluralistic points of view - all factors that lead to success in law school, graduate school and public and private sector careers. Our graduates have the tools they need to understand the complex world of politics. They possess strong analytical skills and can effectively and persuasively communicate their ideas through highly developed written and oral communication skills.
Our graduates have successful careers in government; politics; law; business; education; public service; NGO employment; civic engagement; political activism at the local, state and national levels; private for-profit and non-profit public sector organizations; consulting for local, state and federal government; journalism; communications; diplomacy and international organizations; campaign finance and management; and community service.
Here are some of the accomplishments of our alumni:
- Christopher D. Moore, Class of 2000
Associate Professor, Bethel University, Department of Political Science
After graduating from Albion in 2000 with a degree in Political Science, Chris was awarded a Presidential Fellowship at the Ohio State University for the doctoral program in political science. At Ohio State, Chris focused in international relations and political psychology. He completed his dissertatio on the organizational dynamics of nationalist-separatist insurgencies in 2008. That summer, Chris joined the faculty at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Chris has gone on to publish and present work on military coup d'etat, complex insurgencies, and the influence of Reinhold Niebuhr on American foreign policy. He also teaches classes on international relations in the political science department of Bethel and advises the Bethel Model United Nations club. Chris writes, "I loved the personal connections and mentorships that I was able to establish with professors at Albion. When I had the opportunity to return to a liberal arts environment, my experience at Albion told me I had to take it."
- Chris O'Connor ('97), Assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Division, Department of Justice
- Jordan Adams ('12), U of Michigan-Flint Organizer, Lecturers' Employee Organization (LEO/AFT #6244)
- Major Michael Clow, Intelligence Officer, United States Air Force; Director of Intelligence, US Strategic Command; Strategic Communications Lead, US Army Program Executive Office for Combat Support
- Paige Narins ('13), Member Services Coordinator, The Detroit Economic Club
- Jackie Simonson ('11), University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
- Kelli Zappas ('99), Litigation Specialist, Bank of America
- Christina Borelli, Masters of Health Administration, University of North Carolina; Healthcare Consultant, FTI Consulting
- Courtney Barthle ('99), Senior Manager, ICF International
- Evan Hawker ('03), Business Systems Analyst, SRA International; Contractor for Department of Homeland Security
- Anjali Thakur-Mittal ('99), Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights
- Laura Rogers ('05), Associate, Warner, Norcross & Judd
- Josh Rontal ('09), Director of Digital Media Services at Brodeur Partners
What will you do with your political science degree?