The political science major is designed to provide a sound foundation for both graduate and career work in such fields as government service, law, teaching, politics, journalism and foreign service. The department offers a wide range of rigorous courses on American political institutions, law, contemporary public policy, political theory, comparative politics and international relations.

Political science majors have the opportunity tailor their program of study to fit particular interests or professional goals. In addition to offering a flexible program of study for general political science majors and minors, the department offers specialized curricula for studies in pre-law, international relations, environmental studies and politics and applied politics. Even more specialized programs of study are possible by virtue of contract majors and minors, which allow students and their advisors to create interdisciplinary majors.

Regardless of what program of study students choose, their coursework is always interesting. Students who take Contemporary Environmental Issues may find themselves paddling a kayak in Presque Isle; while in Geopolitics, they may participate in a simulation where war or peace between nations is in their hands; or, in Comparative Politics, students explore the politics of parliament in a hands-on coalition-building exercise.

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Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA)

Qualified Mercyhurst undergraduates may apply to receive conditional admission to the Graduate School of Public & International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh. Early Assurance not only reserves you a spot within this prestigious program as early as your junior year, it also ensures you’ll receive a merit scholarship of at least $5,000 per year. GSPIA also awards scholarships, which are subject to renewal requirements, at higher levels at their discretion.

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