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Washington Program Kickstarts Political and Policy Careers for Notre Dame Students

February 10, 2016, Brian Wallheimer


Through the Washington Program, a semester-long immersion into national politics and policy, Notre Dame students head to the nation’s capital for coursework and organized visits with policy leaders, journalists, and leaders in a variety of governmental and non-governmental offices. Participants also complete internships at the White House, congressional offices, major media outlets, non-governmental organizations, and nonprofits.

Political Science Ph.D. Wins National Public Policy Dissertation Award

February 09, 2016, Aaron Smith

Michael Hartney

Michael Hartney, who earned his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Notre Dame in 2014, has won the American Political Science Association’s Harold D. Lasswell Award—given annually to the best dissertation in the field of public policy. Hartney, whose research focuses on how politics shape educational opportunity, also won the Notre Dame’s Shaheen Award for the best graduate student in the social sciences.

Political Science Classes Offer Immersive Participatory Experiences

February 01, 2016, Tessa Bangs

Notre Dame Forum

Two recent undergraduate courses in the Department of Political Science have done away with the traditional classroom experience, instead opting for immersive participatory experiences. Whether designing, administering, and analyzing their own opinion poll or creating a mock Congress, students in these courses gain real-world experience that enlivens learning and can even give them an edge in the job market.