At Mercyhurst University, political science students do a lot more than write papers and take exams. In fact, student participation in extracurricular activities is not just encouraged, it is expected.
Throughout the academic year, political science students participate in a range of activities and student organizations. Each opportunity affords students and political science professors the opportunity to get to know one another and build lasting professional relationships.
The political science department has a variety of organizations and activities in which students participate.
Two organizations within the department are:
• Pi Sigma Alpha
: a national political science honor society.
• Model International Organizations Team
: a student-led organization which introduces students to the world of international diplomacy.
Students might also become involved in activities such as:
• Washington, DC Experience
: an annual trip to Washington, DC, where students' explore the nation's capital.
• Ad Hocs
: a bi-monthly casual engagement of minds between faculty and students.
• AAPC Conference
: an opportunity to meet campaign professionals.
• Holiday Party: annual party hosted by a faculty member to celebrate the holidays.
• End of the Year Picnic: a much anticipated, annual event held at Presque Isle State Park and attended by the majority of political science students.
In addition to participating in departmental activities, political science students are active in a number of college and community organizations. In recent years political science students have held elected office in student government, participated in study abroad experiences and traveled to Washington, DC for internships. Students have worked for non-profits, like the Lake Erie Region Conservancy, and served as leaders in the Pennsylvania College Democrats. The Democratic and Republican party organizations on campus hold debates during election years, and participate in voter registration drives. Indeed, political science students are among the most active students on campus.