Dan Loesing | November 13, 2014
Michael Desch, Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department, describes Notre Dame as a “dream school” and political science as a “dream major.” The two are also a dream combination, according to College Factual, an online college rating site that rated Notre Dame among the top 10 schools in the nation for political science.
Part of what makes it so, Desch told the Rover, is that it “not only prepares you for a first job but a lifetime of career success and fulfillment.” Indeed, rather than subjective ratings, College Factual focuses on hard data, especially starting and mid-level salaries earned by graduates from each school.
Joshua Kaplan, Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Political Science, explained to the Rover that this method “speaks to some of the basic concerns that arise when it comes time to make a decision about a college major.” In tough economic times, potential salaries and job-market statistics press on the minds of college students more strongly than they would otherwise.
While students are always concerned with achieving financial stability after graduation, most also seek a major that will allow them to study topics about which they are passionate.
Kaplan told the Rover that a major in political science “gives students a foundation that can help them achieve their goals—but also explore, discover new interests, and deepen their understanding of themselves and the world.” It is this balance that makes a major in political science so appealing to so many students.
Indeed, political science is essential to the functioning of society. Questions of political theory, practice, and policy always have and always will be relevant to civilization. For Kaplan, this aspect of the field is what makes the political science department stand out—it “teaches students what it means to live with purpose.”
Read more at the Department of Political Science.