Political Science graduate

Prepare for Your Future

Political science graduates are prepared for careers in government, law, education, and journalism.

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Understand the Impact of Politics

From health care and education to taxes and water quality, you’ll learn how political science impacts nearly every aspect of our lives.

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Learn the Skills Politicians Need

SRU’s political science curriculum builds your analytical thinking and leadership skills.

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Political Science

Offered by: Political Science Department

Slippery Rock University's Political Science program teaches students how politics and government impact people's lives. No matter what area of politics Political Science majors are interested in, SRU offers a class or organization to suit their needs. We also offer a minor in Political Science.

Political Science is a broad field, encompassing everything from local elections and public opinion, to international relations and the analysis of political behavior and policymaking. All of these components comprise our program, which examines how politics affect nearly every aspect of life on earth. From access to health care and the quality of the water we drink, to how we calculate the taxes we pay and how laws are made and enforced, students gain a deep understanding of all aspects of Political Science when they study at SRU.

Why major in Political Science?

There is no facet of life that isn't influenced by politics. Your coursework at SRU will prepare you to take part in the political process as an engaged citizen or through a career in politics.  Regardless of where you land on the political spectrum, it's exciting and vital to learn the workings of the political system.

Between student organizations and research opportunities, there are endless possibilities for Political Science majors to get involved. We offer small class sizes that provide hands-on learning and personalized attention to students. Outside the classroom, our advisors help with the internship process, scholarships, and more.

What Will You Learn?

As a Political Science major at SRU, you'll develop a broad understanding of politics and then specialize in one of our numerous areas of study. The analytical, writing, interactive, leadership, and practical skills that you gain from these courses lay a strong foundation for any career that you pursue. Classes in this program cover such topics as American Political Institutions, Political Theory and Thought, International Relations & Politics, Comparative Politics, Public Policy and Law, and Political Behavior.

You have ample opportunity at SRU to put the knowledge you gain in the classroom into practice. A number of student organizations exist to enhance your experience, including Law Society, FMLA, Amnesty International, Model UN, Model NATO, College Democrats, Young Republicans, Young Americans for Liberty, and the National Political Science Honorary organization, Pi Sigma Alpha.

Careers In Political Science

This isn't just a program for future politicians. Whether your goal is to work in a political, nonprofit, or government agency, go on to graduate school to pursue specialized training, or find yourself in a career only peripherally related to political science, you will find that your firm foundation in critical thinking and leadership gives you an advantage over others. The Political Science program at SRU prepares you for a variety of career paths. SRU alumni have worked at major news networks and agencies, managed political campaigns, and more!

Collaborating with faculty on undergraduate research projects and participating in internships gives you the experience and connections you need to launch your career. While at SRU, students have had success finding internships at institutions such as the American Civil Liberties Union, The Leadership Institute, Pennsylvania State Representatives, various law offices, and numerous government offices.

Earn your Political Science degree at SRU!

Slippery Rock University's Bachelor's in Political Science program allows students to examine politics and government hands-on through clubs, a dedicated faculty, and a comprehensive curriculum. Interested in learning more about this major? Request more information today!