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Department of 

Politics Major

Dr. Lauermann and studentsThe politics program introduces students to the major sub-fields of the discipline —American and comparative politics, international relations, and political theory—all within the context of a rigorous liberal arts education. By creating an intimate and collegial learning environment, one placing a premium on individual student initiative, the Department of Politics produces intellectually agile, socially fluent, and self-confident graduates.

Politics majors nurture the analytical, verbal, and written abilities that are the hallmarks of the liberal arts. Faculty encourage students to think independently, to tolerate opposing points of view, and to develop an abiding concern for public life in the interest of social justice. Moreover, the study of politics is an especially useful means of understanding the forces of globalization—the power relationships responsible for an increasingly integrated world. The Department of Politics aims to educate students for democracy, for thoughtful and meaningful participation in the political process. As students of politics, our task is to interpret the world and to change it.


For more details on the curriculum requirements and the types of courses you would be taking as a Politics Major, visit our Online Course Catalog or take a look at the printable Politics Major Brochure*


*View the approved curriculum changes for the Political Studies and International Relations concentrations to take effect in the 2010-2011 school year.

(Course catalog and major brochure include PDF files. Click here for the Adobe® PDF Reader®)


How to Apply

To apply for admission to Messiah College, simply call and request an application at 1-800-233-4220 or apply online! Open House dates and major-specific events are scheduled throughout the year. Students may arrange for a variety of visit options to suit their interests and schedule.

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