Department of Political Science
With a Political Science degree from Wittenberg, students will find success in a variety of settings -- in the public and private sectors, higher education and beyond -- by developing skills in critical thinking, written communication and data analysis, all in the context of appreciating the key role that politics plays in human interactions from the local to the global level.
Political Science focuses on understanding how and why decisions are made that affect the lives of everyone, whether in a small town or at an international summit meeting.
Through close faculty interaction, students develop the skills necessary to conduct political analysis; engage in critical evaluation of political issues and institutions; and understand the role of diversity in various political contexts. These skills – critical thinking, written and oral communication, and data analysis – are increasingly sought after in a variety of careers.
Integrating classroom theory with hands-on political experience, students can participate in innovative internship programs such as the Local Government Management Internship program, and the Lutheran College Washington, D.C. semester, which enables students to intern in a wide variety of settings, including Congress, the White House, major news organizations, political parties, interest groups, and government agencies. Students also benefit from local internship and independent study opportunities with the Hagen Center and area prosecutor’s offices. Further afield, opportunities for study abroad experiences exist, including the department’s faculty-led summer program in Poland.