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Political Science

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Political Science majors get active with abstract concepts. You’ll dig into how political institutions affect contemporary issues and controversies in the United States and internationally. You’ll also explore regional policies unique to the American West. You can intern with public interest groups, in legal offices, and as a legislative aid to elected officials. And by graduation, you will be thinking independently, communicating effectively, and navigating professionally in our multicultural, integrated, and ever-evolving world.

Paid internships at the Colorado State CapitolOpportunities

  • Undergraduate Research - As a Political Science major, you will design and complete an original thesis as part of the Senior Research Seminar. You will drive your own research, with the support and guidance of our faculty members. We encourage you to investigate issues of personal relevance or interest.
  • Internships - You’ll have numerous opportunities for working with government organizations that form and implement public policy. Our students have interned in the offices of members of the U.S. Congress, state legislatures, interest groups, and local governmental agencies.
  • Legislative Internship - This internship provides two students the opportunity to live in Denver and work at the State Capitol offices with Durango-area legislators.
  • Scholarships - Our department offers two scholarships to Political Science students.

Beyond the Degree

Once you graduate, you are qualified for any related graduate program or law school. Earning this degree also leads to careers in such fields as:

  • Criminology
  • Elementary and secondary education
  • Foreign service
  • Government
  • Industry leadership
  • International affairs
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Law enforcement
  • Lobbying
  • Non-profit administration
  • Public office
  • Public policy analysis

For any career, this degree establishes your evidence-based analytical skills, research techniques, and the ability to communicate your findings and theories effectively. You will gain demonstrable experience with real-world political engagement and academic research.

Outcomes

Our graduates are working with these organizations:

  • City of Bayfield
  • City of Durango
  • Colorado Department of Parks & Wildlife
  • Colorado General Assembly
  • Hitachi Consulting
  • Nationstar Mortgage
  • U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • U.S. Senate
  • Yakama Nation Tribal Council

Our graduates have attended these graduate and law schools:

  • DePaul University, College of Law
  • University of Colorado Denver, Center for New Directions in Politics and Public Policy
  • University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
  • University of Michigan Law School
  • University of San Diego, School of Law
  • University of Texas, LBJ School of Public Affairs

Testimonials

“Choosing to study Political Science at Fort Lewis has been one of the most beneficial and rewarding decisions of my life. Not only did I have the opportunity to expand my knowledge of the political realm on all levels, but immersive discussions and compelling discourse challenged me to become a better thinker, a better citizen, and better equipped to help solve the political and social problems our world faces. I grew as a student and a person, but I also gained friends and mentors who I know I will keep in touch with for the rest of my life.”

- Meagan Prins, Class of 2016

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