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<em>Gerry Battersby, '14, experienced a semester of off-campus study at the Newberry Library in Chicago.</em>
Gerry Battersby, '14, experienced a semester of off-campus study at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

In addition to offering a rigorous curriculum, we believe that it is important for students to gain firsthand experience in politics and public service. Many of our students seek to translate what they have learned in the classroom to "real world" experiences beyond the campus gates, in the form of internships and service-learning activities.

Examples of the opportunities available include:

For details and application information, please stop by or contact the Political Science Department or, for the international programs, the College's Center for International Education and Off-Campus Programs.

Political Science

What you’ll study.

Explore great, long-standing questions about power, freedom, justice and equality with the guidance of award-winning, well-published faculty. Undertake a systematic examination of institutions and processes of government in the U.S. and other parts of the world. Select courses on international and comparative politics, human rights and civil liberties or American legal and political thought—and consider our concentration in Law, Justice, and Society. Majors and minors.

What you’ll do.

Choose from a variety of credit-earning internships and off-campus study opportunities in Michigan, Washington D.C., Chicago, Philadelphia, Great Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Africa, Latin America, and Central Europe. Gain firsthand experience as an intern at the White House, or with congressional staffs and political marketing firms. Political science experience opportunities.

Where you’ll go.

Many Albion graduates go on to top law schools, such as Harvard, the University of Michigan, the University of Chicago, and Georgetown. Or continue your education in political science, public policy, or public administration. Our alumni pursue careers in government, international organizations, the private sector and can be found on Capitol Hill and in a variety of interest groups, non-profit, and advocacy organizations. Potential career paths.

Career Opportunities

Leslee Fritz, '94
Leslee Fritz, '94, has held a number of roles in Michigan state government. Currently, she is director, public affairs and administrative services, with the Department of Civil Rights.

An undergraduate major in political science is used by many students as a background for graduate study—and eventually employment—in such fields as law, public policy, public administration, business administration, and international relations.

Other fields that may be directly open to graduates include public opinion and market research, city or county management, urban planning, policy analysis, social work, municipal management, secondary school teaching, TV and radio, journalism, lobbying, criminal justice, campaign management, and legislative staff work.

The Political Science Department Placement Program is designed to assist students both in identifyng the possibilities after Albion and in beginning their post-graduate careers. The program offers information on internships, graduate schools, and employment opportunities for Albion political science majors and graduates. Stop by the department office or contact us for more information.

Also, visit our Career Resources page for links to internships, jobs, lists of nongovernmental organizations and think tanks, and more.

Faculty and Staff

Andrew D. Grossman, professor of political science, Albion College
Andrew D. Grossman, Professor, Chair

Ph.D., New School for Social Research, 1996
Phone: 517/629-0602
Email:
Office: 301 Robinson Hall

William D. Rose, associate professor and chair, political science department, Albion College
William D. Rose, Professor

Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1999
Phone: 517/629-0416
Email:
Office: 305 Robinson Hall

Dyron Dabney, associate professor of political science, Albion College
Dyron K. Dabney, Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2008
Phone: 517/629-0415
Email:
Office: 319 Robinson Hall

Carrie Booth-Walling, associate professor of political science, Albion College
Carrie Booth Walling, Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2008
Phone: 517/629-0908
Email:
Office: 302 Robinson Hall

Dawid Tatarczyk, visiting assistant professor, Albion College
Dawid Tatarczyk, Visiting Assistant Professor

Laura Wylie
Faculty Secretary
Office: Robinson 318
Phone: 517/629-0309
Email:

Internships

In addition to offering to a rigorous curriculum, we believe that it is important for students to gain first hand experience in politics and public service. We offer a variety of credit-earning internships and off-campus study opportunities in Michigan, Washington, Chicago, Philadelphia, Great Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Africa, Latin America, and Central Europe (including beautiful Prague). Majors from our department have interned at the White House, on congressional staffs, in political marketing firms, and a variety of interest groups and public service agencies.

For more information about internship opportunities and off-campus study programs at Albion, visit:

Career and Internship Center
Center for International Education

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