Political Science

Political Science

Is election season your favorite time of year? Do you follow political news on social media? Are you a fan of television shows like House of Cards? Pursue your passion for politics and community engagement, and strengthen your leadership skills as a political science major at The University of Scranton.

About

The political science major positions you for success in a variety of fields. You’ll develop skills in critical thinking, active learning and leadership that can be applied wherever your dreams take you. Discover a strong community of students discussing, collaborating and leading the charge for the next generation of world-changers in our cutting-edge program.

Our political science major offers a solid undergraduate education in the liberal arts tradition, which helps our graduates succeed in both their careers and in life.

Why Political Science is in Demand:

  • Political decisions impact everyone on a local, state, national and international level.
  • Practiced written and verbal skills, strong interpersonal communication, consensus building and leadership are valued assets in any career.
  • There’s a need for productive citizens and effective leaders to improve communities across the country and around the world.
  • Political science majors are excellently prepared candidates for law school, as well as other graduate and professional studies.

Is it for me?

  • Do you enjoy taking the lead in groups?
  • Do you like to debate issues?
  • Are you someone who questions the status quo and wants to make things better?

Five Reasons to Choose Scranton for Political Science

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Active learning.   At The University of Scranton, students take the lead in the classroom and beyond. Our small class sizes are designed for interaction and collaboration. You'll participate in team-building activities, learn to craft thoughtful arguments and exercise leadership in a variety of settings and circumstances.
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Real-world experience.   Political science majors are encouraged to get involved in the field during their course of study at Scranton. Through a range of internship opportunities, you'll have the opportunity to explore different career paths and add hands-on experience to your resume before graduation.
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Social responsibility.   With an education rooted in Jesuit values, you'll harness compassion and respect for others. Political science graduates are conscious of their social responsibility and make a difference wherever they go.
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Mentorship.   Departmental faculty and staff are strong researchers, caring teachers and field experts. Professors take a student-centered, hands-on approach to teaching through a combination of lecture, discussion and experiential learning. As a political science major, you’ll have access to people who are passionate about making a difference – faculty, staff and fellow students – just like you.
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Strong foundations.   You'll leave The University of Scranton with strong academic foundations and practical skills to excel in any career you choose. With its mix of theoretical and empirical approaches to studying politics, political science prepares women and men of faith for fulfilling careers, life-long learning and active and effective citizenship.

Political science is the right choice if you are looking to engage in your community to make it a better place to live for everyone.

Jean Wahl Harris, Ph.D.
Professor

  • Preparing You For Personal & Professional Successplus or minus

    You'll learn how to:

    • Think clearly, logically and critically.
    • Craft strong arguments grounded in research.
    • Strengthen professional written and verbal skills.
    • Take the lead in teams and debates.
    • Build consensus.
    • Network and establish strong connections.

    Internships

    In partnership with The Washington Center, our program facilitates a variety of internship opportunities and academic seminars for professional growth and development. Political science majors have held internships with Lackawanna Pro Bono, Senator Robert P. Casey, as well as numerous other political campaigns and government agencies. Our dedicated faculty and staff help you identify your long-term career aspirations and recommend internship placements accordingly. You’ll even earn credit toward your degree.

    • PS 280 - Pre-Law Internship
    • PS 480 - Political Science Internship I
    • PS 481 - Political Science Internship II

    I have never met a more committed group of faculty who want to see their students succeed.

    -Bill Colona, Class of 2008
    Director of Government and Community Relations, Pace University

  • What You'll Learnplus or minus

    Curriculum

    Take courses like Comparative Politics, International Relations and Research Methods in political science for a well-rounded education. Choose a focused course of study with our Public Administration and Affairs track option, or create your own experience with independent studies. Develop a project of your choosing as a student in our honors program. You’ll have an array of choices and opportunities as a political science major at The University of Scranton.

    Click here to see the curriculum and learn more. 

  • Pursue Your Passion and Make a Differenceplus or minus

    Over the last decade, nine political science majors have served as class president or vice-president on The University of Scranton campus. You’ll have the chance to follow in their footsteps. By pursuing your passion and developing your confidence as a political science major, you’ll prepare to take the lead on campus, in the classroom, in your community and throughout your career. 

Careers

Where will Political Science Take Me?

A degree in political science will open doors for you to pursue graduate studies or to begin your career. In a world of global politics, embracing diverse perspectives is key. Many of our students spend a semester abroad, studying politics, law or government in a foreign country. Learn more about the study abroad programs offered at Scranton to see where political science can take you! Several of our recent graduates have also been awarded prestigious Fulbright grants – are you next?

Graduate and Law Schools:

Political science majors go on to pursue graduates degrees and advanced study of topics, including: public administration, international relations and law.

You’ll find our recent graduates continuing their education at:

  • American University
  • Baruch College
  • Boston University
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • Georgetown University
  • George Washington University
  • Hofstra University School of Law
  • Pace University School of Law
  • Penn State University
  • Seton Hall University
  • St. Louis University
  • Temple University
  • The University of Scranton
  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • University of Miami School of Law
  • Villanova University

Employment Opportunities:

Whether you want to be an attorney, civil servant, journalist, marketing professional, professor or something else entirely – a degree in political science will prepare you to take the lead in any path you choose.

Here are some of the positions our alumni hold: 

  • District representative at the U.S. House of Representatives for Rita Lowey (D-New York, 17th)
  • Project manager, JPMorgan Chase
  • Second lieutenant and a military intelligence officer for the United States Army
  • Credentials analyst at The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
  • Immigration lawyer
  • Assistant public defender in Scranton
  • Adjunct instructor at Southern State Community College
  • Director of legal studies and associate professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Communications director for U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.
  • Caseworker & field representative for U.S. Congressman Tom Reed [NY-23]
  • English teaching assistant on a Fulbright Scholarship to Spain
  • Senior program development officer at Catholic Relief Services
  • Director of the Unaccompanied Children Program, Center on Immigration and Justice, at the VERA Institute of Justice
  • Senior vice president for property management at Paramount Group, Inc.

My political science studies at The University of Scranton not only thoroughly prepared me for law school, but taught me a great deal about the way the world works through local, state, national and international politics. The University has helped to shape the way I approach local governance and advise clients everyday.

-Jason A. Shrive, Esq., Class of 2006
Scranton City Solicitor

How Scranton Gives You a Competitive Edge

Competitive Edge

Students come to Scranton from a spectrum of diverse viewpoints. As a result, we make sure the classroom is a comfortable place to express and defend your views. You’ll learn how to make sound arguments and support your positions while appreciating the perspectives of others.

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For More Information

Office of Admissions
The Estate
Scranton, PA 18510
Tel: 1-888-SCRANTON or (570) 941-7540
Fax: 570-941-7572
admissions@scranton.edu

Political Science Department
Michael Allison, Ph.D.
Department Chair, Political Science
(570) 941-4392
michael.allison@scranton.edu