Degrees and Programs

Political Science
Political Science

Why study political science at Benedictine?

When you choose to major in Political Science at Benedictine University, you will:

  • Develop the ability to successfully complete extensive writing and research projects useful in your future career.
  • Have opportunities for practical work experience through internship programs in government agencies, nonprofit organizations, law firms or other related entities.
  • Have small classes taught by professors using a wide range of approaches including information technology, film and student problem-solving.
  • Work with a faculty advisor who has an extensive background in the legal profession and/or law school.

What does a degree in Political Science at Benedictine offer?

Our program in Political Science is designed to help you discover politics as a field of knowledge. The faculty attempt to communicate both theoretical and practical knowledge of political systems and their processes. The program meets your varying needs by:

  • Preparing you for a professional career in government or business.
  • Preparing you for graduate-level studies in political science or related areas.
  • Providing a good background if you plan to go on to law school.
  • Developing a strong understanding of the concept of citizenship and commitment to service.

What careers are available with a degree in Political Science?

Your career opportunities in political science include jobs in national, state and local governments (such as urban planning, city management, staffing and budgeting), journalism, teaching, and in organizations that monitor the political processes or seek to influence the content of public policy. Also, you may choose to enter an advanced degree program for political science, law, public administration or business management. Benedictine graduates have been accepted into law schools accredited by the American Bar Association and political science graduate programs across the country.

How does the program work?

As a Political Science major, you will complete at least 36 credit hours (12 courses) in political science subjects and nine credit hours in other social science subjects in addition to the basic college requirements for graduation. In the departmental core, you will develop a knowledge of the principles of politics, law, international relations, American national government, the judicial system, state and local government, social science research methods, and how to research and write a thesis paper. You will also acquire basic knowledge of related social sciences by completing at least one course each in sociology, psychology and economics.

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Upcoming Events

Mar
1
Freshman Fridays
Mesa Branch Campus
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Event Details

Freshman Fridays

Date: March 01

Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Campus: Mesa

Location: Gillett Hall

Contact: Alan Daniels    (602) 888-5504    adaniels@ben.edu

Event Description:

Experience BenU Mesa First-Hand.

Chat with a faculty member for your major. Get a financial aid assessment tailored to your needs. Meet other students. Check out beautiful downtown Mesa.

Every Friday, we make time to meet with students like you who are preparing for their college experience. Schedule your visit today and find out more about what makes BenU Mesa a place where you can grow as a person while you prepare to lead in your career.

What to expect during your visit:

  • A campus tour given by one of our current students
  • The opportunity to meet the faculty and Student Life staff who help to make the BenU Mesa experience unique
  • An individual meeting with your Admissions Counselor to discuss your goals and plans, including:
    • Your college major and developing your future career
    • Financial aid and scholarships available to you
    • Student activities and athletics to pursue your interests
    • Campus ministry and service work at BenU Mesa

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Mar
2
Admitted Student Day
Mesa Branch Campus
9:30 AM - 1:45 PM
Event Details

Admitted Student Day

Date: March 02

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:45 PM

Campus: Mesa

Location: Benedictine University Mesa

Contact: Alan Daniels    (602) 888-5504    adaniels@ben.edu

Event Description:

9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Check in, Resource Fair and Continental Breakfast
Student will also have the opportunity to meet with faculty and staff, pay their deposit and make an appointment with their advisor to register for Fall courses

10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Steps to Becoming a Redhawk
Students will learn about the net steps in their admission's process

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Campus Tour of BenU Mesa and downtown Mesa
Students and families will tour each of our buildings and take a ride on the light rail to get the full BenU Mesa student experience

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Still Have Questions?
Students and families can visit with additional departments to get any last minute questions answered. Students may also pay their deposit and make an appointment to meet with their advisor to register for fall courses

12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Class Time
Students who signed up to shadow a class will need to meet in the main lobby of Gillett Hall to be escorted to their assigned classroom.

**Parents, feel free to enjoy some light refreshments while your student attends their class


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Mar
8
Freshman Fridays
Mesa Branch Campus
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Event Details

Freshman Fridays

Date: March 08

Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Campus: Mesa

Location: Gillett Hall

Contact: Alan Daniels    (602) 888-5504    adaniels@ben.edu

Event Description:

Experience BenU Mesa First-Hand.

Chat with a faculty member for your major. Get a financial aid assessment tailored to your needs. Meet other students. Check out beautiful downtown Mesa.

Every Friday, we make time to meet with students like you who are preparing for their college experience. Schedule your visit today and find out more about what makes BenU Mesa a place where you can grow as a person while you prepare to lead in your career.

What to expect during your visit:

  • A campus tour given by one of our current students
  • The opportunity to meet the faculty and Student Life staff who help to make the BenU Mesa experience unique
  • An individual meeting with your Admissions Counselor to discuss your goals and plans, including:
    • Your college major and developing your future career
    • Financial aid and scholarships available to you
    • Student activities and athletics to pursue your interests
    • Campus ministry and service work at BenU Mesa

Click here to schedule your visit!

Mar
14
Indie Lens PopUp Film Screening: The Providers
Mesa Branch Campus
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Event Details

Indie Lens PopUp Film Screening: The Providers

Date: March 14

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Campus: Mesa

Location: BenU Mesa

Contact: Jeff Ames    (602) 888-5532    james@ben.edu

Event Description:

City of Mesa Diversity Office and Arizona PBS
Present a Free Preview Screening of:

The Providers

March 14th, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Benedictine University Mesa
225 E Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85201

Film Screening Followed by a Panel Discussion and Reception

Event is FREE, but RSVP is Requested on Eventbrite.

PANEL DISCUSSION TOPIC:
Challenges faced by the industry to provide care to those who cannot normally afford it.

FILM DESCRIPTION: 
Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, The Providers folls three 'country doctors' in New Mexico at clinics offering care to all, regardless of ability to pay. As their personal struggles at times reflect those of their patients, the providers work to reach rural Americans who would otherwise be left without healthcare.

Questions? Please call 480-644-3705

 

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