Political Science Journal Joins Library of CLA Student Publications
The Political Science, English and History Departments all produce academic journals, featuring the work of students.
When papers are returned after an assignment and students ponder the hard work that went into writing them, they might wonder if there’s a way to legitimately share those ideas with others. In an effort to give new purpose to what students do in class every day, several CLA departments have developed undergraduate journals as publication outlets for students.
Political Science Department — Paideia
The newest CLA student journal, Paideia — from the Greek for moral self-development — is a Political Science Department publication that debuted in May 2014.
Created by political science seniors Katelyn Magnus and Joi Sullivan, the journal includes alumni profiles and student work from their first through last years at Cal Poly, giving readers insight into the student writers’ development. Readers can experience how students’ thinking develops as they become exposed to different ideas, cultures and lifestyles, giving meaning to the journal’s name and its focus on personal development.
“Throughout our time here as political science students, we are trying to build our core beliefs. You come to school with certain beliefs, and they’re challenged, knocked down and rebuilt. We’re developing our own personal beliefs as we go through this program,” Magnus said.
Magnus and Sullivan planned their publication to serve as a testament to the hard work and serious introspection of political science students on campus.