If you want to change the world, start with a school that opens the world to you.

Policymakers are changemakers. They support public structures everywhere, and we wouldn’t have government and laws without them. Learning public policy, at one of the first liberal arts colleges to offer the major, provides you an exceptional opportunity to make a difference working in policy analysis or public administration, at home or on the world stage.

Susquehanna’s faculty commit to their students’ success in three separate tracks: domestic, international and public administration. You will complete a significant research project directed by a faculty member, write policy briefs and analyses and complete an internship. You will be near the state capital and a few hours away from the nation’s capital, offering plenty of opportunities for real-world experience.

Our graduates contribute to major public policymaking here and abroad. They work in all levels of government, NGOs, law, think tanks, healthcare and other sectors that serve the public interest.

of majors complete an internship
of majors complete a directed research project with faculty support
of majors acquire experience writing policy briefs and analyses

Policymakers and politics

If you want to dive into a career in public administration, Susquehanna’s political science department provides students with the education, tools and experience to do so. Our graduates work for nonprofit corporations in education, human services and health care as lobbyists, data analysts, professors, grant writers and pursue jobs in insurance, finance, publishing and human resources. They also pursue law degrees and doctorates in political science and relate fields.

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“My degree program gave me the opportunity to study at the Washington International Diplomatic Academy in Washington D.C., where I obtained a certificate in diplomatic tradecraft. This opportunity allowed me to study under current and retired ambassadors located around the world, where we practiced simulations that represented different subject areas of the Foreign Service.”

Arianna Sivio ’23

Potential Careers

  • Government Accountability Office analysis
  • Congress
  • Emergency management
  • County commissioner
  • Nonprofit directorship

Recent Employers

  • Change.org
  • Beth Israel Lahey Health, Boston
  • Mathematica Policy Research
  • Pennsylvania Department of Human Resources
  • Children First (nonprofit in Philadelphia)

Average Salary


2021 median pay for a political scientist.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Studying for a Degree in Public Policy

Explore the courses you’ll take on your journey to earning a degree in public policy at Susquehanna.

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