Mission Statement

In support of the mission of the University as stated in PLU2020, “to educate students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and care – for other people, for their communities, and for the earth” (p. 8), the Political Science Department is committed to providing a high quality educational experience for undergraduate students. The department affirms and embodies PLU’s mission as seen through our specific departmental mission statement, learning objectives curriculum, and faculty priorities.

Departmental Mission: The mission of the Political Science Department is to provide students an educational experience that fosters critical, independent, thoughtful inquiry, and a commitment to service and leadership with regards to politics and public life. Specifically, our major offers courses and experiences designed to equip students with an understanding of political concepts, the knowledge of political institutions and functions of political systems, and the ability to understand political theories and methods.