In Politics we grapple with the nature of power, the meaning of justice, and the work of government.
Students in the Politics program get to debate the big problems of the day - war and migration, ecological collapse, economic inequality, capitalism and socialism, prejudice and diversity, the future of democracy. We learn how to handle political rhetoric and make the strongest arguments for our ideas. We're news junkies and policy wonks and legal eagles; we're future journalists and legislators and lawyers. We're conservatives and liberals and radicals: all are welcome who come in good faith.
What Our Students Do
University of Dubuque politics students read and study the works of great philosophers of the past and present, challenging their own beliefs and those of others. Students also learn to seek better answers to the perennial issues we face as human beings.
Where Our Graduates Go
University of Dubuque Politics graduates go into jobs in many fields including publishing, business, and management, or attend graduate school in philosophy, theology, or law.
News from the Department
This fall, memers of the UD Politics Program have had lots of hands on experience with politics, including:
- attenduing rallies by a number Presidential candidates.
- organizing and leading a satilite Democratic caucus on campus for students.
Check out the Politics at UD on Facebook for more news and pictures.
Politics - Program of Study
The Politics major consists of required and elective courses totaling 34 credit hours. The program is organized as follows:
Required Courses (25 credits)
Foundations – 6 credits
PHL 114: Logical Reasoning
ECON 102: Macroeconomics or SOC 112 - Social Problems
Core – 19 credits
POLI 120: American Politics
POLI 230: Global Politics
POLI 274: Power and Rule
PHL 314: Political Theory
POLI 374: Public Policy
POLI 485: Politics Internship
POLI 495: Senior Seminar (1 credit)
Elective Courses (at least 9 credits from the following)
POLI 150: Politics of Imagined Worlds
POLI 357: Special Topics
SCJ 215: Court Systems and Judicial Processes
SOC 228: Social Justice
SCJ 313: Introduction to Constitutional Law
SCJ 333: Moot Court
ECON 242: Development Economics
ECON 261: History of Economics
ECON 262: Economic Thought
PHL 214: Environmental Ethics
PHL 270: Global Justice
PHL 355: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
PHL 356: Modern and Contemporary Philosophy
COM 328: Global Social Protest
COM 325: Argument and Persuasion
COM 354: Language and Social Identity
Department Head for Philosophy, Politics and History
Professor of Religion
Associate Professor of History
Assistant Professor of Political Philosophy
Adjunct Instructor of History
Careers in Politics
What careers can politcs majors go into? Here are some of the possilities:
- policy analyst
- legislative assistant
- public relations specialist
- political consultant
- intelligence analyst
- campaign staffer
- political scientis
- community organizer
- foreign service officer
- aid worker
- civil servant
- elected official.
As a politics major, students
- Develop an interdisciplinary basis for critical reflection on politics and government.
- Develop a reflective commitment to good citizenship in a diverse world.
- Prepare for work in or related to politics and government, including law, public service, political research, and civil service.
The politics major provides a foundation for further study in law, public administration, politics, political science, philosophy, and other related fields.