Political Science


Making a decision about which college to attend can be a daunting task, especially for students interested in studying political science. Every major college and university offers a political science major, with course descriptions sounding about the same. 

So, what makes studying political science at Mercyhurst University different?

Mercyhurst University prides itself in providing students with excellent academic instruction, challenging academic experiences, a wide range of hands-on learning opportunities and personal attention from seven full-time faculty.

The political science major is designed to provide a sound basis for both graduate and career work in fields, such as government service, law, teaching, politics, journalism and foreign service. The department offers a wide range of rigorous courses about American political institutions, law, contemporary public policy, political theory, comparative politics and international relations. Course study emphasizes writing, critical reading, analysis, problem solving and research skills within the context of questions about values. Though the major allows students the option to focus their studies on just about any area of interest, concentrations in pre-law, international relations, environmental studies and politics, and applied politics are available.

And, at Mercyhurst, students are more than just a number. Excellent small classes combined with personalized advising by faculty members ensure that students receive a high-quality education that will help them achieve their intellectual and professional goals. The department’s faculty, which are dedicated to teaching excellence, has developed more than three dozen courses for their major and minor programs. They work hard to provide students with high quality learning experiences both inside and outside of the classroom.

Outside the classroom, students have numerous opportunities to participate in a wide range of activities, including internships, Model International Organizations, Pi Sigma Alpha (the national political science honors society), trips to Washington, D.C., and study abroad options.