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  • Political Science at Luther College

    Political Science at Luther College

    Washington Semester students hanging out with John Marshall.
  • Political Science at Luther College

    Political Science at Luther College

    Scott Meyer, ’05, team-teaching a January Term class, “Tweets, Leaks, and Hacks,” with John Moeller
  • Political Science at Luther College

    Political Science at Luther College

    Jeffrey Shulman, Georgetown University law professor, lecturing on “Who Owns the Soul of the Child? Religious Parenting Rights and Enfranchisement of the Child.”
  • Political Science at Luther College

    Political Science at Luther College

    Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist and co-author of Half the Sky, meeting with students and faculty as part of a visit to campus.
  • January Term in Brussels

    Political Science at Luther College

    Professors John Moeller (Political Science) and Todd Green (Religion) led a January Term class to Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, and Sweden to study “Islam in Europe.”
  • Climate Rally in Washington D.C.

    Political Science at Luther College

    Luther students protesting against the proposed Keystone Pipeline in Washington, D.C.
  • Professor Gardner and Professor Rhodes

    Political Science at Luther College

    Professors Paul Gardner (Political Science) and Britt Rhodes (Social Work) lead a January Term class to Northern Ireland to study peace and reconciliation.

Political Science

Political science is concerned with the systematic study of all forms of political behavior and the ideas on which they are built. Students of political science study the way governments are structured, operate and affect the governed.

The Department of Political Science attracts students with diverse interests and perspectives, each interested in some facet of the relationship between the government and private life. Upon learning and weighing quantifiable data pertaining to political issues, students are prodded to delve deeper, recognizing the tensions between the individual and the group that are inherent in living as a part of a community. Drawing on their liberal arts backgrounds, students within the Department of Political Science bring many perspectives and viewpoints to each issue, ensuring that they have well-rounded responses to today's dilemmas.