Mercyhurst University

Political Science Bachelor of Science

Shaping future political leaders

When you think of politics, what comes to mind? Elections? The President? Political parties? Politics is complex. While government is part of politics, it’s not the only aspect. And, becoming a politician is not your only option. As a political science major, you’ll study political theory, comparative politics, public administration, international relations, public law and political methodology. In addition, you’ll also have the option of earning a concentration in one of several subfields of the discipline including international relations, pre-law, applied politics, or environmental studies and politics. Majoring in political science can lead you to a career in law, international diplomacy, teaching, journalism, business, and many other exciting fields.

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Each spring, two dozen political science majors travel to Washington, D.C. to tour the Capitol, visit historic landmarks and museums, and speak with admissions counselors from DC-area graduate and law schools.

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Students can join Pi Sigma Alpha, a political science honor society with more than 700 chapters across the country. During election years, members have been known to organize formal political debates.

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Political Science majors can choose to concentrate their studies in four specific areas of politics: law, international relations, applied politics, or environmental politics.

MERCYHURST CENTER FOR APPLIED POLITICS

MERCYHURST CENTER FOR APPLIED POLITICS

The Mercyhurst Center for Applied Politics has earned a national reputation for the skill and professionalism of our Political Science students, as they collect and analyze political data and provide unbiased assessments of public opinion.

WHY POLITICAL SCIENCE?

We asked our students to tell us in five words or less why they love studying political science.
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The faculty here are amazing!
Sam Lioi '17
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I can make a difference.
Madeline Weitz '19
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The excitement of current events
Brian Comey '17
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Knowledgeable professors who encourage students.
Faith Ehidiamhen '18

SIMILAR MAJORS



POLI 103 Winning the White House

Dive into the exciting world of electoral politics by exploring the complex process of electing the president of the United States and participating in a multi-week simulated campaign



POLI 130 Exploring the Law

Examine fundamental questions about the nature and functions of law in society and explore and the conflicting images of law relative to freedom and obedience.
 



POLI 299 Geopolitics

Investigate politics among nation-states by participating in an intense simulation designed to highlight the complexity of international relations.



EXPERIENCE & OUTCOMES

Polling Center

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Through the Mercyhurst Center for Applied Politics (MCAP), you could complete a work-study, internship, or gain professional experience and newfound skills working in our on-campus polling center

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Caleb came to Mercyhurst and changed his major five times before pursuing a career that he felt passionate about.

Academic Excellence

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Political science seniors regularly win college and university awards for academic excellence and their commitment to service.

Pi Sigma Alpha

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Mercyhurst University is home to an award winning chapter of the national political science honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha.

Graduate and Law School

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Many Political Science majors take advantage of the university’s 3-3 law school program or early admission opportunity offered by the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.

3-3 and Early Admission Opportunities

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Take advantage of a partnership with Duquesne University School of Law, Cleveland Marshall School of Law and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

Meet the Faculty

Joseph Morris, D.A.
Associate Professor of Political Science, Chair of the Political Science Department
Brian Ripley, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science
Randy Clemons, D.A.
Professor of Political Science, Associate Dean of the Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences
Victoria Rickard
Victoria Anne Rickard, J.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor