To lead in a democratic society, citizens must be able to tolerate ambiguity and manage multiple standards of inquiry comfortably. The political science faculty at IWU encourage students to use their off-campus experiences — internships, study abroad, and other opportunities — to cross and bridge the multiple learning domains they master in the classroom. The internship seminar brings students and faculty together to facilitate research projects in partnerships that serve the community and enhance our quality of life.
What is the place of the internship in the liberal arts education?
As a political science department at a liberal arts college, we focus on starting our students down the path of general education. They become specialists in their major, but through the general education program they also become generalists able to make connections between and among all the major areas of scholarly research and artistic endeavor. The ability to bridge multiple domains of learning is essential to developing a meaningful philosophy of life. It is also essential for effective leadership and action in the sphere of civil society. The internship program in political science provides students with opportunities to work in multiple domains on projects that benefit the community. In this sense, when students participate in internship seminar projects they fulfill the highest ideals of a liberal arts education.
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