POLITICAL ECONOMY & GOVERNMENT

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A political economy and government degree from AMU will prepare you for a career in accounting, government, banking, financial services, law or academics. You’ll also gain research, problem-solving and communication skills that will help you in any career.

Skills You will Gain

1. Research and problem solving skills. Analyze, compare and contrast different approaches to domestic policy. Write research papers and engage in lively debates on issues such as immigration, health care and the national debt.

2. Communication skills. Learn how to communicate your position on key policies with intelligence and clarity. Back up your assertions with relevant data and expert analyses.

3. Become an informed citizen. Exercise your right to vote and your political activism with a deeper understanding of the issues facing this nation and of the merits and challenges of different policy proposals.

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Assistant Professor of Economics

Email:

zachary.bartsch@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 304-7929

Office:

Prince 104

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Professor of Politics; Director of Honors Program

Email:

john.colman@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 280-1609

Office:

Thomas Student Union 2007B

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Chair of the Economics Department; Associate Professor of Economics; Director of Online Education

Email:

gabriel.martinez@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 280-1611

Office:

Prince 111

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Chair of the Politics Department; Associate Professor of Politics

Email:

james.patterson@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 304-7365

Office:

Henkels 2055

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Ambassador Michael Novak Chair of Politics; Professor of Politics

Email:

seana.sugrue@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 280-1625

Office:

Henkels 3054

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Assistant Professor of Politics

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FAST FACTS

  1. Our alumni work in all areas of business: analysis, sales, consulting, management, logistics, accounting, information systems, sports, health care.  Many have gone on to graduate study in business, law, and other areas.
  2. The Department of Business offers a major and a minor in Business Administration, a major and a minor in Accounting, a major in Finance, and a major in Global Affairs and International Business.
  3. We have a close relationship with the Career Services Department.  Jointly we run a Corporate Internship program, through which students are placed in internships that are overseen by our faculty.
  4. Our professors have multiple, advanced degrees in management, accounting, finance, economics, taxation, and law.
  5. The top 20% of business juniors and seniors is qualified for membership in Sigma Beta Delta, the business honor society.

INTERNSHIPS & CAREERS

Those who have graduated from Ave Maria with a politics major have gone on to work in Washington D.C. for members of Congress and have worked in a variety of policy organizations that study, advocate and lobby for specific public policies. Others have gone on to graduate school to continue studying politics with the goal of one day teaching in secondary or higher education, or to law school. There are a number of careers that are available for politics majors, from political consulting, working on campaigns, political advocacy, journalism and public service on the local, state, national and international levels.

Below are links that outline the wealth of career opportunities for political science graduates:

https://www.apsanet.org/eJobs

https://apsia.org/careers/career-guide/

Affiliations

The university is affiliated through Career Services with numerous political organizations in Florida and D.C (see below). Internship and mentoring programs are available for students interested in a political career.

– U.S Dept. of State – Washington, D.C & International

– FL House of Representatives – Tallahassee, FL

– David Rivera, Representative – Tallahassee, FL

– American Life League – Washington, D.C

REQUIRED COURSES

Required Courses for the Major

ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics

POLT 201 Introduction to Political Thought

POLT 301 American Government

POLT 304 Constitutional Law

STAT 230 Applied Statistics

One Elective out of

ECON 301 Intermediate Macroeconomics

ECON 302 Intermediate Microeconomics

One Elective out of

POLT 302 Catholic Political Thought

THEO 315 Catholic Social Teaching

One Elective out of

POLT 305 Public Policy

POLT 311 Entrepreneurship and Civil Society

POLT 314 U.S. Foreign Policy

One additional elective in Economics

Other courses in the same areas of politics and economics may be substituted with the approval of the program director.

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