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2022-2023 General Catalog 
    
2022-2023 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science and International Relations


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Learn more about the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Valpo online.

Professors Hora, G. Johnson; Associate Professor Old.

Historically, political science has occupied a central position in liberal arts. The study of politics focuses on the values that humans should seek and the particular legal and structural organizations that allow us to realize our desired values. Contemporary political science combines this concern for normative issues with an additional focus on scientific procedures and empirical and quantitative methodology.

The study of politics and international relations has never been more important than today. More so than ever before, events that occur across the globe and in remote places around the world impact our daily lives. As a result of revolutionary technological change, relations within and between states are being reconfigured almost daily. The majors in Political Science and International Relations at Valparaiso University give students the background, experience, and analytical tools to make sense of, and prepare for dealing with this dynamic and rapidly changing world. A major in political science may lead to careers in many fields including, but not limited to, law, criminal justice, business, education, government service at the state, national, local, and international level, politics, policy analysis, campaign management, and work for private interest groups. Many political science graduates eventually go on to law school and other graduate programs.

The department sponsors a series of informal events where a variety of topics are discussed. The department also recognizes outstanding student achievement through membership in the Beta Nu Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society.

Special Programs

For information concerning the Lutheran College Washington Consortium Semester see Academic Programs .

Community Research and Service Center

The Department of Political Science and International Relations has established the Community Research and Service Center. The primary goals of the center are the following: first, to provide research assistance and other services to government, not-for-profit organizations, and, in some instances, business in Northwest Indiana; second, to provide students the opportunity to learn in an applied setting. Students become integral parts of the center by taking certain courses or working as paid associates and in the process learn basic research methods and gain practical experience in working for and dealing with government, business, and other organizations.

Credit by Examination

Credit for POLS 120  and POLS 130  may be earned through the College Level Examination Program subject examination.

Approval of Schedules

Students taking a major or minor in political science or international relations must have their schedules approved by the appropriate advisor.

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