Dr. Francis Schortgen

Teaching Area(s): Political Science

First, I aim to create an environment to foster an appreciation for independent and out-of-the-box thinking. I constantly challenge students to engage in frank exchanges of ideas, and debate and critically evaluate different viewpoints.


There is no doubt that we live in an inter-connected world, and that today’s youth are members of the first truly global generation. Technological advances, foreign policy and a reliance on the goods and services of others have connected our world in ways we could have never imagined just a few decades ago. That’s why it is absolutely imperative that we develop the knowledge and understanding to live in this increasingly interdependent reality.

With a solid foundation in political science, history, economics and foreign languages, our international affairs and diplomacy major will prepare you to be a leader in today’s global world. As part of the major requirements you will explore the concepts of international relations as well as comparative politics and area studies. From international affairs and the interactions between domestic and international affairs of nations to the political, historical and economic perspectives and the interactions between domestic and international affairs of nations, you’ll develop the skills and understanding that is critical to career success in a number of fields in international studies.     

Japanese Mission to United Nations
The Association of Old Crows
Department of Homeland Security
US Air Force
Department of Justice

International public service
Travel and tourism
Business and law
Market Analyst

100% of International Affairs and Diplomacy majors from the classes of 2010-2014 were able to start a degree-required career or were accepted to graduate school within 6 months of graduation. (from a survey with 87% self-reporting)
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