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2010-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
2010-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science (BA)

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Political Science Department


Are you interested in American politics, international affairs, or critical issues such as health, the environment, and civil rights? Do you want to understand theories concerning the ideal government and how power and resources are allocated in society? Do you want to study these subjects and pursue a career based on your interest? If so, you should consider studying political science.

Political science majors enjoy a versatility of skills and a marvelous range of exciting careers in federal, state and local governments; law; business; international organizations; nonprofit associations and organizations; campaign management and polling; journalism; pre-collegiate education; electoral politics; research and university and college teaching.

Members of the department assist students in developing a philosophy of life, acquiring meaningful civic roles, and learning the skills that are basic to political, social, and economic success. The preparation of students for responsible citizenship in the academic community is encouraged through participation in department and university affairs. Students are encouraged to participate in the Model United Nations program and the Model North Atlantic Treaty Organization program. Other organizations include Amnesty International, Americans for Informed Democracy, and the university’s annual Holocaust Remembrance program. Students also have the opportunity to participate in Law Career Day conferences and travel and study abroad. Practical experience in politics is provided through class activities and the internship program that involves students in the work-a-day worlds of local communities, as well as state and national governments and businesses in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C.

Requirements for the Major - Credits: 36

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Degree are Required:

  1. to complete 39 credit hours of course work
  2. to complete two courses in four of six area listed below.
  3. to complete POLS 101, POLS 310, POLS 444.
  4. to complete 21 hours in political science at the 300 or 400 level.
  5. to complete 40% of the total number of hours counted towards graduation at the 300 or 400 level. (In order to accomplish this, students are strongly urged to use 300 or 400 level courses to complete their liberal studies enrichment courses.)

In Addition, Students:

  1. may complete an internship, POLS 450, of up to twelve hours, but not more than six of those hours may count toward the minimum requirement of thirty-six hours for completion of the major. Alternatively a student might complete the Harrisburg Internship Program, Pols 451, 452, and 454; but, again not more than six of those hours may count toward the minimum requirement of thirty-six hours for the completion of the major.
  2. may elect to take as many elective courses beyond the required minimums as they choose, but not more than fifteen hours in any one block may count toward the minimum requirement of thirty-six hours for completion of the major.
  3. earning a bachelor of arts degree must demonstrate a competency at the equivalent of the 103 level in a foreign language.

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