Study the forces that change the world

Political science helps you make sense of the political world that affects us all.

In our program, you'll study politics, government and public policy in the U.S. and abroad and why nations do—or do not—get along.

You'll acquire the tools to question, analyze systems and institutions, and develop your own views about the best policies, programs and organizational rules for the world you envision.

Debates, simulations, trips to important political sites and engaged classroom conversation will encourage you to think more deeply about political issues of the day.

Adding one of our interdisciplinary minors, like international studies and public policy, help you gain a better understanding of important topics in today’s world.

Prepare for a variety of careers

A political science degree gives you skills to follow many paths.

Some of our majors continue their political interests through public service. Recent graduates work for the New York City Office of Management and Budget, Maine House of Representatives, Boston City Council campaign, PA House of Representatives, PA Senate, PA Governor's Office, New Jersey Assembly and the Snyder County PA Commissioner.

Others work for non-profit corporations in education, human services and health care as lobbyists, data analysts, professors, grant writers and more. Graduates also pursue jobs in insurance, finance, publishing and human resources.

Our students are also ready to attend law school or pursue graduate degrees in public policy, public administration or doctorates in political science.

Real-world opportunities right away

In your first year, you have the opportunity to make connections with political science alumni through on-campus visits, shadowing experiences and off-campus trips. Dozens of internship opportunities are shared with students every year, and we'll help you determine what makes the most sense for you.

Our proximity to Harrisburg—the state capital—and our many alumni working there provide plentiful internship and networking opportunities. With Washington, D.C., and New York located three hours away, our students also pursue internships with national and international agencies.

A Susquehanna education provides students with flexibility in coursework so they can conduct research, intern and study abroad. When it comes to your major, you’ll begin taking classes in your chosen program of study in your first year.  

Here are some of the courses that political science majors take in their first few semesters at Susquehanna.  

  • American Government and Politics 
  • World Affairs 
  • Campaigns and Elections  
  • War and Politics  

Download the current course catalog on this page to see the full list of classes and course descriptions for Susquehanna’s majors.

Graduate Schools Attended

American University (Masters in Economics)
Boston University School of Medicine (Masters in Emergency Health Care Management)
George Mason University (Masters in International Commerce and Policy)
George Washington University (MA – Security Studies)
Lebanon Valley College (MBA)
Lehigh University (Masters in Economics)
Lehigh University (Masters in Political Science)
New York University (MPA)
Northeastern University (Masters in Applied Educational Psychology)
Penn State University (MPA)
Shippensburg University (MPA)
University of Denver (MA in International Studies)
University of Houston (Doctorate – Political Science)
UMBC (Master of Public Health Policy, Health Policy Analysis)
University of South Carolina (Masters in Social Work)
Villanova University (MPA)

Law Schools Attended

Boston College Law
Catholic Law School
Dickinson Law School
Drexel Law School
Fordham Law
New York Law School
Penn State Law
Quinnipiac University Law School
Rutgers Law School
St. Louis University Law School
University of Baltimore Law School
University of Pittsburgh Law
University of New Hampshire Law
Villanova Law
Washington and Lee University School of Law
Widener Law – Delaware
Widener Law - Harrisburg

Employers - Position

2U – Healthcare Inbound Marketing Coordinator
Amazon – Inventory Control/Quality Assurance
American College of Emergency Physicians – Reimbursement Manager
Army National Guard – First Lieutenant
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Emergency Project Manager
Business Insider – Producer
Candidate for Office, Boston City Council – Campaign Manager
Chipotle Mexican Grill – Business Analyst
Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen, and Hamilton – Human Resources Assistant
Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives – Government Relations
Communities in Schools National Office – Director of Constituent Engagement
Consumer Technology Association – Senior Director Government Affairs
Deutsche Bank – Asst VP in Credit Risk Management
DNB First – Executive Administrative Assistant
Downington High School West – Learning Support Teacher
Einstein Healthcare Management – Patient Service Representative
Gettysburg University – Director of Foundation, Government and Faculty Grants
Harvard University – Faculty Administrator
Independence Blue Cross – Director of Government Affairs
Isaacson Miller (search firm) – Senior Associate
KTMG – Senior Associate, Transfer Pricing
Leslie J. Garfield and Company – Real Estate Adviser
Maine House of Representatives – Legislative Aide to the Speaker of the House
Mathematica Policy Research – Policy Analyst
Michael Page – Cyber and Information Security Recruitment Specialist
Missouri Attorney General – Assistant Attorney General
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization – Manager, Health Policy Analysis
National Student Clearinghouse – Technical Specialist
New Jersey State Assembly – Director of Policy and Communications
New Jersey State Assembly – Legislative Aide
New York City Office of Management and Budget – Budget Analyst
Northwestern Mutual – Financial Representative
NORWESCAP – Executive Director
Overseas Private Investment Corporation – Director, Corporate Development and Chair, Innovative Financial Intermediaries Program
Peace Corps - Albania
PA House of Representatives, Children and Youth Committee – Democratic Executive Director
PA House of Representatives, Republican Policy Committee – Research Analyst/Communications Coordinator
PA Senate – Media and Policy Coordinator
PA Partnerships for Children – Vice President of Public Policy
PredictIt – Data Analyst
Rhode Island Insurance Company – Client Solutions Manager
Rose City Projects, LLC - Principal
Service Source – Senior Operations Support Specialist
Shire – Launch Excellence and Planning Lead, US Medical Affairs
Southeast Lancaster Health Services – Outreach and Enrollment Specialist
State Farm Insurance – Insurance Agent
Township of Union Board of Education – Teacher
TWD and Associates – Senior Business Development Manager
University of MD, Carey School of Law – Program Manager
Virginia Commonwealth University – Associate Chair and Professor of Political Science

Nicholas J. Clark, Ph.D.

Department: Political Science
Associate Professor of Political Science

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4726

Andrea M. Lopez, Ph.D.

Department: Political Science
Associate Professor of Political Science

Kirk Harris

Department: Political Science
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4371

Alison Merrill

Department: Political Science
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Rolfe D. Peterson, Ph.D.

Department: Political Science
Associate Professor of Political Science

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4170

SueEllen Heimbach

Department: Provost
Academic Assistant

100% of students pursue independent senior research
40 years combined teaching experience between 5 faculty members
150 alumni on LinkedIn network
85 political science and public policy majors

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Department of Political Science

514 University Ave.
Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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