Political Science Bachelor of Science
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.
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.
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.
Political Science majors can choose to concentrate their studies in four specific areas of politics: law, international relations, applied politics, or environmental 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.
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
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.
Investigate politics among nation-states by participating in an intense simulation designed to highlight the complexity of international relations.
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
Caleb came to Mercyhurst and changed his major five times before pursuing a career that he felt passionate about.
Political science seniors regularly win college and university awards for academic excellence and their commitment to service.
Mercyhurst University is home to an award winning chapter of the national political science honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha.
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.
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.