Are you interested in American politics, international affairs, or critical issues such as health, the environment, and civil rights?
Do you want to understand theories concerning the ideal government and how power and resources are allocated in society?
Do you want to study these subjects and pursue a career based on your interest?
If so, you should consider studying political science!
Program Information and Course Descriptions
Political Science BA Curriculum Guide
Political science majors enjoy a versatility of skills and a marvelous range of exciting careers in federal, state and local governments; law; business; international organizations; nonprofit associations and organizations; campaign management and polling; journalism; pre-collegiate education; electoral politics; research and university and college teaching.
Members of the department assist students in developing a philosophy of life, acquiring meaningful civic roles, and learning the skills that are basic to political, social, and economic success. The preparation of students for responsible citizenship in the academic community is encouraged through participation in department and university affairs.
Students are encouraged to participate in the Model United Nations program and the Model North Atlantic Treaty Organization program. Other organizations include Amnesty International, Americans for Informed Democracy, and the university’s annual Holocaust Remembrance program. Students also have the opportunity to participate in Law Career Day conferences and travel and study abroad. Practical experience in politics is provided through class activities and the internship program that involves students in the work-a-day worlds of local communities, as well as state and national governments and businesses in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C.