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.

Fast Facts

  • 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

  • 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

B.A. in Political Science

The political science major, which leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree, is designed to provide a sound basis for both graduate studies and professional success in government service, law, teaching, applied politics, journalism, foreign service, and many other fields. In fact, Mercyhurst’s Political Science Department has a long record of producing some of the most accomplished and award-winning students at the university.

The political science major offers students a wide array of courses and concentrations from which to choose, including concentrations in pre-law, applied politics, international relations and diplomacy, and environmental studies and politics. The courses are taught by an award winning faculty that is dedicated to undergraduate instruction. This instruction focuses on providing students with an understanding of the content and methods of the discipline, and on developing students’ research, writing, and critical thinking skills. This is accomplished by means of innovative assignments and classroom instruction.

The political science major provides students with a number of extracurricular opportunities directly related to the major, and unrivaled access to faculty members who are dedicated to helping students achieve their academic and professional goals.

Students who wish to pursue a career in a field related to political science may choose to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation or earn a graduate degree in political science, public administration, public policy, law, or a related field. Since 1993, the placement rate for political science majors at Mercyhurst who apply to graduate or law school is nearly 100%. Graduates of the program who pursue careers not directly related to political science have also found success. Today, graduates of the program are working in the fields of banking, real estate, energy, education, environmental protection, and others. Other students have chosen to pursue service opportunities, such as with AmeriCorps, upon graduation.

Contact Us

Joseph Morris, D.A.
Chair, Department of Political Science
Office: Preston 110
Phone: 814-824-2154
Email: jmorris@mercyhurst.edu