Our annual department picnic. Other department traditions include dinners and breakfasts at professors' homes.
Emma Hildebrand '20 interned at the White House during summer 2019. She went on to law school at the University of Notre Dame.Our students gain valuable experience through internships in political campaigns, with legislators, at the White House, with attorneys and public defenders, and on newspapers’ political beat.
They spend semesters in Mexico, France, the Netherlands and Washington, D.C. And they undertake original research in settings ranging from rural Illinois to Chicago to Myanmar.
Learn how the world works
Political science students visit the Iowa caucuses in 2020.
Political science majors learn the academic and practical aspects of political life. They visited the 2020 Iowa presidential caucuses. They worked on political campaign strategies in professor Robin Johnson’s classes. They gained insights about the United Nations from someone who used to work there. And they conduct independent research in the senior seminar.
Our political science graduates have become politicians and legislative staffers; lawyers and political science professors; teachers and Peace Corps volunteers; business leaders and marketing professionals; community organizers and advocates for civil rights. They have attended regional and national law schools and graduate schools, including the University of Chicago, Georgetown University, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Virginia.
Political science research by seniors Grant Miller (top, left) and Matt Datlof (top, right) and professor Andre Audette (top center); juniors Shay Hafner (bottom, left) and Ally Clay talk about being accepted into the prestigious Fund for American Studies summer program (interview begins at 9:50).
Internships put classroom learning into practical use. They give valuable technical and personal skills. They give students an advantage in landing their first job.
The Wackerle Center for Career, Leadership & Fellowships, faculty and our engaged alumni network help place students in internships, as well as advise and mentor them.Students graduate with experience and the knowledge how to achieve success!
We empower you as an individual. And to do that, we offer experiences you won’t find anywhere else.
What sets us apart? Good question! We’ve got a few answers.
Research Opportunities: You don’t have to wait until your junior year – we have research opportunities starting three weeks before your first year.
Farm + Garden: Students study sustainability by getting hands-in-the-dirt experiences on campus, where your Educational Studies professor also doubles as a beekeeper.
DIII Dominates: Student-athletes? Nah, we call our Fighting Scots scholar-athletes because that’s what they are – the perfect balance between academics and athletics.
Global Health Minor: We prepare our students to work for lives committed to asking and solving the world’s biggest problems by focusing on improving physical and mental health around the world.
Alpha Chapters: The Monmouth Duo – two of the first national women’s fraternities – were founded at Monmouth. Pi Beta Phi in 1867, and then Kappa Kappa Gamma in 1870. They were trailblazers the for sororities across the nation.
Peace Corps Prep: The certified program gives graduates interested in the Peace Corps a leg up in the application process.