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.