Video: The political science major at Notre Dame

Author: Todd Boruff

What is the political science major like at Notre Dame?

“A lot of people think that political science is just Democrat versus Republican but that couldn’t be further from the truth,” said political science major Sean McFeely. “It’s lot about understanding why things are the way they are.”

In political science, you’ll take classes like:

  • Free Speech
  • The Policy-Making Process
  • The Geopolitics of Energy
  • Liberalism and Conservatism 
  • Reinventing Government
  • Politics and Conscience
  • Visualizing Politics
  • The Presidency

Political science majors pursue their passions while developing skills such as evidence-based arguments, critical thinking, data analysis, and information synthesis.

After graduation, students go on to top graduate and professional schools and work in a variety of professions and industries. First jobs include:

  • Global risk associate, Bank of America
  • Legislative fellow, U.S. Senate
  • Data analyst, PepsiCo
  • Reporter, National Journal
  • Associate consultant, Bain & Company

“You’re really forced to question the things that you were told growing up and make sure that that’s actually what you believe and you can back that up with evidence and facts,” said political science major Meredith Soward. “It helps you be not just an informed citizen but much more confident in your own world view and your perspective going forward.”

“It helps you be not just an informed citizen but much more confident in your own world view and your perspective going forward.”

Originally published by Todd Boruff at al.nd.edu on February 27, 2019.