Political Science Learning Community

2014-2015 Political Science Learning Community Program:

In the Political Science Learning Community, you will build friendships with other first-year students who share your passion for politics, build relationships with your professors, immerse yourself in LMU's academic, social and political life, and explore Los Angeles. 

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This select group of students will take the following introductory courses together in their first year:

Fall Semester

First Year Seminar: Gender and Politics - Instructor: Dr. Janie Steckenrider

This course will explore Gender and Politics from a number of different vantage points.  We will discuss the history of feminism and the women’s movement and particularly focus on whether feminism is alive or dead among the younger generation. Another topic for exploration is female heads of state. Using the case study approach, we will focus on different women who have led their countries.  A final vantage point to investigate Gender and Politics is from the current social culture. What messages are conveyed about men, women, relationships, gender power through advertising, movies, music and social media.

POLS 165 - International Relations - Instructor: Dr. Feryal Cherif

This course is an introduction to international relations. It provides a framework for analyzing state behavior and political phenomena in world politics. The course focuses understanding how and why states some times cooperate and some times find themselves in conflict, the influence of international institutions, the origins of terrorism and mechanisms of counterterrorism, and finally human rights. Broadly speaking, it addresses the questions of how things happen in the international system and why.

POLS 198 – Political Science Learning Community - Instructor: Dr. Chris Zepeda-Millán 

This series of two courses provides students with the opportunity to get to know Professors in the department and their areas of specialization and research interests.  Students will also learn about internships and career opportunities in the field of political science, become familiar with the resources available on campus for success as a Political Science major, and develop good academic habits.


Spring Semester

POLS 210 - Empirical Approaches - Instructor: Dr. Chris Zepeda-Millán 

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the Social and Behavioral Science Approach to the study of politics. The predominant emphasis will be upon the Scientific Method as a general model of inquiry for the understanding of political behavior.  In a sense, this course is an initiation to the scientific study of politics for political science majors who will be taking their first steps as researchers and be using the results of political science research conducted by others.

POLS 198 – Political Science Learning Community - Instructor: Dr. Chris Zepeda-Millán

The second semester in this series will help students to develop strong academic skills while exploring a variety of future career possibilities.

Students in the learning community will participate in exciting activities that may include trips to a variety of hot-spots in Los Angeles.

Activities Include:  

  • Visiting LA sites
  • Political Movie Nights on campus
  • Participating in volunteer work on and off campus
  • Learning about international study opportunities
  • Learning about internship opportunities
  • Receiving personal invitations to special Department events

Director of the Program
Dr. Chris Zepeda-Millán 

To Apply, click here!