Government and Politics
Our Bachelor of Arts, general concentration, is the most popular "track" in our department. This allows the greatest flexibility and is probably the one best suited to students planning to continue graduate studies in political science (unless they plan to emphasize international relations or public administration) and law school. The general concentration prepares students for careers in a number of areas, including advocacy, journalism, politics, business, public opinion and survey research, government service, and military service.
Students need 18 Credits
- Two courses (6 credits) in the Institutional Area: PSC 350, PSC 352, PSC 355, PSC 359
- Two courses (6 credits) in the Behavioral Area: PSC 301, PSC 322, PSC 323, PSC 325, PSC 329
- Two additional PSC courses (6 credits) at the 300 level, including any not taken above 3 credits of internship(PSC 412) can be used in this area as well.
- Cognates: (12 credits)
- Geo 101 or Geo 103
- SOC 200
- History 150, 151, 152
- An economics course under advisement
Minors related to this track include: Geography, History, Criminal Justice, Business, Marketing, Communications, Journalism, etc.
Our Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in International Relations prepares students for a profession in the globalized 21st century. In the International Relations track of the Department of Political Science, students develop the knowledge-based, language, and professional skills necessary to participate effectively in this increasingly interdependent world.
Students need 18 credits
- PSC 317 (Contemporary International Relations) or PSC 320 (Us Foreign Relations)- 3 credits. PSC 213 and PSC 240 should be completed prior to taking PSC 317 or 320.
- Two courses from the International Group (6 Credits) (Courses in the 310-319 group or PSC 330 or second course from above)
- Two courses from the Comparative Group (6 credits) (courses in the PSC 340-349 group)
- Any one additional course from A, B or C; Study Abroad course with PSC prefix; or PSc internationally - focused internship (3 credits)
- Cognates: (15 credits)
- Geography 101 (World) or 103 (Human)
- History 101 or 102
- Economics course under advisement
- 2 additional "international-themed" courses (6 credits non-PSC)
Courses with "international focus"- with approval by advisor; can overlap with related courses for Culture Clusters, or related Minor, for example in Languages & Cultures, Peace & Conflict Studies, Ethnic Studies, Latin American Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, Business, Marketing, Finance, Geography, History.
Students are encouraged to take part in the annual EU simulation: Mid-Atlantic European Union Simulation
Certificate in Social Studies
The Bachelor of Arts, Certificate in Social Studies Education, prepares students to teach social studies at the secondary education level. The highly specialized program includes course work in all major fields of social studies as well as time spent in the field student teaching. The tests and procedures necessary for obtaining state certification are part of the program so that upon successful completion students are certified by the state of Pennsylvania to teach social studies at the secondary education level.
Students in this major have an academic advisor from the Political Science Department as well as a professional advisor from the School of Education. Students in this major should plan carefully their academic programs with both of their advisors in order to complete the courses necessary to student teach in their senior year. It is important to note that an overall GPA of 2.8 is needed to apply for student teaching in the state of Pennsylvania.