In Politics we grapple with the nature of power, the meaning of justice, and the work of government.

Students in the Politics program get to debate the big problems of the day - war and migration, ecological collapse, economic inequality, capitalism and socialism, prejudice and diversity, the future of democracy. We learn how to handle political rhetoric and make the strongest arguments for our ideas. We're news junkies and policy wonks and legal eagles; we're future journalists and legislators and lawyers. We're conservatives and liberals and radicals: all are welcome who come in good faith.

What Our Students Do

University of Dubuque politics students read and study the works of great philosophers of the past and present, challenging their own beliefs and those of others. Students also learn to seek better answers to the perennial issues we face as human beings.

Where Our Graduates Go

University of Dubuque Politics graduates go into jobs in many fields including publishing, business, and management, or attend graduate school in philosophy, theology, or law.

News from the Department

This fall, memers of the UD Politics Program have had lots of hands on experience with politics, including:

  • attenduing rallies by a number Presidential candidates.
  • organizing and leading a satilite Democratic caucus on campus for students.

Check out the Politics at UD on Facebook for more news and pictures.


Politics - Program of Study

The Politics major consists of required and elective courses totaling 34 credit hours. The program is organized as follows:

Required Courses (25 credits)

Foundations – 6 credits
PHL 114: Logical Reasoning
ECON 102: Macroeconomics or SOC 112 - Social Problems

Core – 19 credits
POLI 120: American Politics 
POLI 230: Global Politics 
POLI 274: Power and Rule 
PHL 314: Political Theory 
POLI 374: Public Policy 
POLI 485: Politics Internship 
POLI 495: Senior Seminar (1 credit)

Elective Courses (at least 9 credits from the following)

POLI 150: Politics of Imagined Worlds
POLI 357: Special Topics
SCJ 215: Court Systems and Judicial Processes
SOC 228: Social Justice
SCJ 313: Introduction to Constitutional Law
SCJ 333: Moot Court
ECON 242: Development Economics
ECON 261: History of Economics
ECON 262: Economic Thought
PHL 214: Environmental Ethics
PHL 270: Global Justice 
PHL 355: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
PHL 356: Modern and Contemporary Philosophy
COM 328: Global Social Protest
COM 325: Argument and Persuasion
COM 354: Language and Social Identity

Christine Darr (2018)


Christine Darr

Department Head for Philosophy, Politics and History
Associate Professor of Philosophy
PhD, University of Iowa
BA, Northwestern College

Phone: 563.589.3305
Office: 330 Severance Hall
Fax: 563.589.3416

Roger Ebertz (2018)


Roger Ebertz

Professor of Religion
PhD, MA, University of Nebraska
MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary
BA, Carleton College

Phone: 563.589.3669
Office: 323 Severance Hall
Fax: 563.589.3416

Brian Hallstoos (2018)


Brian Hallstoos

Associate Professor of History
PhD, University of Iowa
MA, Rutgers University
BA, University of Minnesota Morris

Phone: 563.589.3855
Office: 313 Severance Hall
Fax: 563.589.3416

Adam Smith (2017)


Adam Smith

Assistant Professor of Political Philosophy
PhD, Brandeis University
MA, Institute for Christian Studies
BA, Olivet Nazarene University

Phone: 563.589.3796
Office: 334 Severance Hall
Fax: 563.589.3416

Karin Anderson (2018)


Karin Anderson

Adjunct Instructor


Amanda Beverly (2014)


Amanda Beverly

Adjunct Instructor
MDiv, University of Dubuque
BA, University of Dubuque


Eric Miller (2016)


Eric Miller

Adjunct Instructor
MA, Western Illinois University                                
BA, St. Ambrose University


Dennis Yergler (2010)


Dennis Yergler

Adjunct Instructor of History
PhD, University of Iowa
MA, Iowa State University
BS, Iowa State University  

Phone: 563.589.3353
 334 Severance Hall


Careers in Politics

What careers can politcs majors go into?  Here are some of the possilities:

  • policy analyst
  • legislative assistant
  • public relations specialist
  • political consultant
  • attorney
  • intelligence analyst
  • campaign staffer
  • political scientis
  • community organizer
  • foreign service officer
  • aid worker
  • journalist
  • civil servant
  • elected official.

BS Opportunities

As a politics major, students

  • Develop an interdisciplinary basis for critical reflection on politics and government.
  • Develop a reflective commitment to good citizenship in a diverse world.
  • Prepare for work in or related to politics and government, including law, public service, political research, and civil service.

Post-graduate Opportunities

The politics major provides a foundation for further study in law, public administration, politics, political science, philosophy, and other related fields.

Successful Outcomes

BA, Politics

Students graduating with a major or minor in Politics should be able to:

  1. Describe key attributes of global and domestic political institutions and phenomena.
  2. Evaluate empirical and ethical claims using appropriate methods of reasoning.
  3. Apply the discipline’s key concepts and theories to current political events.
  4. Articulate their own view of their political relationships, obligations, and identity.
  5. Communicate clearly and persuasively about public problems with fellow citizens.
  6. Apply excellent moral character and professional development in the field of Politics.