Starting with the introductory course, the Coe political science curriculum emphasizes the understanding of politics as a worldwide phenomenon. The courses and major requirements combine a solid grounding in American politics with the study of foreign governments, world politics, and political theory.
- Courses provide in-depth coverage of American and world politics, including Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Students can also work individually with a professor on a research topic of interest.
- Coe's Washington Term Program involves living in Washington, D.C. for the entire fall term and taking a first-hand observer course as well as a part-time internship...usually in a governmental or interest group office.
- Other off-campus programs are well-suited to political science majors, including ACM programs in Chicago, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic and Zimbabwe.
- Students can join others on a Model United Nations team, present their own research at the Midwest Political Science Students Convention, meet with prospective presidential candidates as they campaign for the Iowa nominating caucuses, and meet friends for informal political discussions at Political Science Club.