Politics (minor)

What you will study

Politics starts with people — their values, their interests, and their resources. Who are they? What do they want? Why do some people get involved in politics while others do not? Why are some people successful in achieving their political goals while others are not? What is public opinion and  how is it determined? How are liberals different from conservatives? How are Republicans different from Democrats? Who gets elected? Who gets to be mayor, governor, or president?

With a minor in politics, you learn about how politics works — how people get elected to office, how laws are made, what effects those laws have on people like you, and how you yourself are a political actor. You learn about politics through experience — through simulations, such as attending a National Model United Nations.

Politics is also about building and sustaining institutions. You study the major political institutions — the U.S. Presidency, Congress, the courts, and state and local structures like the Common Council. What do they do and how do they interact? How do they decide what to do? How do they make laws? How important are interest groups?

Politics is finally about taking action to make something happen. Thus you study public policy, the art of creating an approach to deal with an issue using laws and other tools of government. What happens after a law is made? How are laws actually implemented and enforced?

There are opportunities for study in other countries where you can learn how other political systems operate and how they compare with ours. See the section on study abroad for information on Alverno’s study-abroad options.

For 130 years, Alverno College has been dedicated to the education of women, preparing them for lives of personal and professional distinction and meaningful engagement with the world. Alverno extends this mission to men as well, through graduate and adult classes. We are a Catholic, liberal arts college with a curriculum so unique, educators from around the world come to Alverno to learn how we teach. Alverno’s abilities-based approach to learning ensures our graduates will learn more in class and retain knowledge longer. Students do not receive traditional grades, rather, they are assessed by faculty, community assessors, peers and themselves. Our small class sizes ensure students receive uncommon access to faculty. With an average student to teacher ratio of 10:1, you are guaranteed an individualized learning experience.

Political Science Support Intermediate
MGT-210Economic Environment3
POL-225American Politics4
Political Science Support Advanced
SOC-220Social Movements & Social Change4
POL-398Community, Power & Change3
POL-301Social Theory4
Take one politics elective course for 3-4 credits (see IOL for options)3-4