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 are 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. Majoring in this discipline can lead you to a career in law, international diplomacy, teaching, journalism, business and even banking.


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.


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


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.

POLI 236 World Politics
Using the theory of international relations as a lens, this course examines influences on world politics.

POLI 246 Political Cinema
Explore the multidimensional nature of political films and how cinematic art shapes our understanding of the world around us.


Polling Center

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.

Model UN

Our students hone their advocacy, negotiation and diplomacy skills against student teams from other regional colleges and universities within the Mid-Atlantic Model United Nations Consortium.

Meet the Faculty

Brian Ripley, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science,
Joseph Morris, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of the Mercyhurst Center for Applied Politics
Lena Surzhko-Harned
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Mercyhurst Model International Organizations Team Adviser
Michael Federici, Ph.D.
Department Chair, Professor
Randy Clemons, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science, Dean of the School of Social Sciences

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