The mission of the University of Mount Union is to prepare students for meaningful work, fulfilling lives and responsible citizenship, and the study of politics is an important part of this education in our increasingly interdependent world. The Department of Political Science and International Studies seeks to equip students with the requisite skills and tools to succeed in their future and to instill in them a desire for and commitment to lifelong engagement with the political world. In pursuit of these goals, the Department incorporates an applied approach to the study of politics, encouraging intellectual growth through active learning and internships, which provide a variety of opportunities to explore careers in public service and related fields. Coursework will stimulate critical thinking about government and politics, as students improve their analytical abilities, learn both quantitative and qualitative research methods and develop effective written and oral communication skills.
The Department of Political Science and International Studies offers majors and minors in Political Science, International Affairs and Diplomacy, and National Security and Foreign Intelligence Analysis, as well as minors in Legal Studies and Public Service.