Save Marian University's Political Science Program

Save Marian University's Political Science Program

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Why this petition matters

Started by Miranda Bridges

As it stands, Marian University is attempting to move forward with their decision in eliminating our political science majors. I'm requesting signatures to bring light to this issue, and ultimately to save our Political Science majors by overturning the University's decision. 

Political Science is a branch of social science that requires students to understand government in theory and practice. It measures, tests, and quantifies our government, public policies, and political behavior. 

On a larger scale, political science matters, because we cannot escape it. We are all affected, every day, by political choices. To deny the importance of political science is to deny that we live in a society in general. 

In appealing to the University specifically--

Marian University is a private Catholic university located in Indianapolis, Indiana. “Our mission is to be a great Catholic university dedicated to providing students with excellent teaching and learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts tradition.” 

Removing political science, one of the core social sciences, would be contradictory to our liberal arts tradition and the 150+ students who take political science classes each semester.

Political Science is excellent preparation for effective citizenship. Removing this major also infringes upon students’ ability to carry out their Franciscan Values. 

For example, Marian University’s definition of Responsible Stewardship is that God calls us to “delight with all creation, reverence for persons, responsible use of the earth’s resources, and freely sharing the gifts entrusted to us with those in need and less fortunate.” Understanding the operations of an institution that controls every facet of our lives? Taking part and providing input to those who hold the ability to change millions of lives? Political Science IS responsible stewardship. 

“At Marian University, our vision is to provide an education distinguished in its ability to prepare transformative leaders for service to the world.” Studying political science grounds students in the importance of political participation and prepares them to take part in the political life of their communities and the nation.

In conclusion, political science provides people with an annotated roadmap for how they can engage in and influence the present and future of their communities. If the goal of a religious institution is to encourage discipleship, political science is the first building block to success.

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