Political Science Major
Studying Political Science at Mercyhurst University must complete a probationary period, after which the department will review their progress to determine whether they will be granted full admission to the degree program. Each spring the academic progress of all majors is reviewed. Faculty members in the Political Science Department work closely with students to help set high academic standards and to assist them in achieving their goals. An overall 2.5 grade point average is required for admission to the major. Completion of all college requirements and a 2.5 grade point average in the major courses are required.
All students complete eight required political science courses and seven political science electives from among the many courses offered by the department. Pre-approved off-campus study and cognate courses from other disciplines may be used to fulfill political science elective courses. The department’s requirements allow political science students the opportunity to declare a minor in a discipline of their choosing, and still graduate in four years. Likewise, many students who graduate in four years have completed the requirements for a second major in field related to political science.