At Florida Southern College, you will study politics at the local, state, national, and international levels.
All of our majors gain valuable hands-on experience by completing a required internship with a government agency, political campaign, or law firm. In addition, we offer our majors the opportunity to travel to national conferences to present their original research projects.
Florida Southern College is the only private institution of higher education in the state of Florida to affiliate with The Washington Center. This partnership allows our students to spend a semester studying in the nation’s capitol while gaining credit towards their major.
In class, Political Science majors examine pressing issues affecting our city, state, and county. The faculty encourages students to critically analyze these challenges and develop and propose solutions.
All of our 3000-level courses involve a major research project. Our majors have the opportunity to present this work at prestigious academic conferences, including the Southern Political Science Association, the International Studies Association, the Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics, and the Florida Political Science Association.
The Political Science curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, public speaking, analytical writing, and collaborative work, all skills valued by employers in both the government and the private sector.
Our majors successfully gain employment in their chosen field. After graduation, our students attend law school and graduate school, run political campaigns, gain employment with the state and federal governments, and work for non-profit organizations.
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All majors are required to complete at least one internship, and each year we place students in dozen of internships. In recent semesters, our students have interned with the U.S. Department of State, the Republican Party of Florida, the Democratic National Committee, and the State Attorney Offices. FSC Students also intern with numerous local, state, and national political campaigns and with prominent law firms in Florida and around the country.
In POS 3325 U.S. Campaigns and Elections, you’ll examine the concepts behind “elections” and “campaigns.” This highly experiential learning course allows you to work with materials through the existing literature on the subjects of campaigns and elections, and through examining campaigning through practice in actual campaign settings – where possible – or modeling this behavior when access may be limited.
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Florida Southern gives you a solid foundation and practical experience in the law and our legal system.
My goal is to demonstrate that few questions in international politics have settled answers. As such, I seek to create a classroom atmosphere that encourages critical thinking and the active exchange of ideas; I do not want students arriving at class in a passive mode, expecting that I will provide them with an authoritative “correct” answer.
Political Science sponsors Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honorary. We also have a Student Advisory Board, which provides student feedback regarding the major. Many of our majors are involved with the Young Republicans and the College Democrats.
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