POLITICAL SCIENCE – How to Make Change in an Interdependent World

Political Science at AJU College gives students the life skills, awareness and education to be professionals and activists who shape our local, federal and national worlds.

Students are taught to become empowered, informed citizens who engage with and influence their local and global communities.
Our three political science majors set the foundation for each students’ specialized path:

  • Political Science: Interdisciplinary curriculum that immerses students in political science’s sub-disciplines, with flexible course selection, including Israeli and Middle East politics.
  • US Politics, Law, and Public Policy: Individualized preparation for post-graduate degrees and careers in law, business, or in the public sector as legal advisors, administrators and policymakers at all levels of government.
  • Global Studies: Custom curriculum with courses in international relations and global issues, international security, international political economy, economic and human development, human rights, and international environmental issues. Career preparation in international business and trade, or with an international governmental or non-governmental organization.

Off-campus, students can maximize their educational experience with local student internships and study abroad programs that give students international, life-changing political science exposure.

On campus, our Model United Nations and Political Science Student Association challenge and engage students outside of the classroom.

The Political Science major paves the path for students seeking graduate studies in Political Science and other social sciences, and provides career preparation in law, domestic and international public administration, politics, teaching, social and community services, planning and policymaking, international business, and journalism.

Please contact the department chair with any questions.

DEPARTMENT CHAIR & ADVISOR
Jean Tomphie
Phone // 310.476.9777 x519
Email // jtomphie@aju.edu

An inclusive
jewish environment

While the majority of our students are Jewish, we appreciate and value differences in observance, lifestyle, and thought. Here, everyone’s story and experiences add to the mosaic of our community. As we consider what it means to be human and part of a wider society, we employ an ethical framework informed by Jewish culture and philosophy to prepare all students for success both in civic life and their chosen profession.

  • L.A.’s vibrant Jewish life provides a wealth of opportunities to explore your relationship with Judaism, both on and off campus.
  • Whether observant or secular, we all enjoy celebrations that mark seasonal changes (Sukkot), major historical events like the establishment of the State of Israel (Yom Ha’atzmaut), and biblical legends (Purim).
  • Welcoming Shabbat dinners bring our community together in celebration of Jewish identity and rituals.

ADVISORS AND MENTORS
WHO KNOW YOU

Traveling down a road alone can be hard. But traveling with someone who knows that road well—who can tell you interesting places to stop or where there’s a sharp turn—is a very different experience. Since your academic and personal success is our highest priority, at AJU College you are assigned an academic advisor and a personal mentor from day one to guide you in making smart decisions for your future.

  • Traveling down a road alone can be hard. But traveling with someone who knows that road well—who can tell you interesting places to stop or where there’s a sharp turn—is a very different experience. Since your academic and personal success is our highest priority, at AJU College you are assigned an academic advisor and a personal mentor from day one to guide you in making smart decisions for your future.
  • Your faculty advisor helps with everything from choosing class schedules to recommending courses to help you reach the next phase of your story—whether that’s graduate school, law or medical school, or an entry-level position in your field.
  • All students are also assigned a personal mentor who helps guide you through the social and interpersonal aspects of your college experience.

learn by
serving others

By participating in community-based projects you gain perspective on the challenges facing our human family. Serving others broadens your horizons, engages your ideals, and cements within you the Jewish tradition of civic responsibility. These attributes combine to make you a fuller human being as you move forward on your chosen track.

  • All AJU College students take part in hands-on service projects, part of the Sid B. Levine Service Learning Program.
  • Students have led projects to raise awareness of social injustices like human trafficking, hunger, and gender inequality.
  • Faculty and students annually host middle school students for the Prejudice Awareness Summit, where such topics as bullying and discrimination are discussed and conflict-resolution skills are taught.
  • AJU College participates in the international service projects of the American Jewish World Service, which takes students on study-volunteer trips to El Salvador, Ghana, and India.