FEBRUARY 2014 POLITICAL SCIENCE NEWSLETTER
PENN STATE ERIE, THE BEHREND COLLEGE
THIS MONTH'S HEADLINES:
Here is a tentative list of Political Science courses that will be offered at Penn State Behrend in Fall 2014. This list is subject to change, but it is what we plan to offer at the time this newsletter is sent.
Remember that all political science majors must take PL SC 001, PL SC 003, PL SC 014, and PL SC 017, as well as 24 other credits (usually 8 other courses) in PL SC. Of those other 24 credits, at least 12 (4 courses) must be at the 400 level, and at least 3 credits (one course) must be taken in each of the subfield requirements (American Government, Comparative Politics, International Politics, Government in Theory and Practice). Some courses can be used to fulfill either of two subfield requirements, but you cannot use the same course on your degree audit to meet both of those subfield requirements.
If you need help with scheduling or understanding the requirements of the major, please make an appointment to see your advisor.
Politics and Government minors must take PL SC 001, PL SC 003, and 12 other credits (4 courses), including 6 credits at the 400-level.
Fall 2014 Courses
PL SC 001 - Introduction to American National Government (GS)
PL SC 003 - Introduction to Comparative Politics (GS, IL)
PL SC 007 - Contemporary Political Ideologies (GS, Theory and Practice)
PL SC 014 - International Relations (GS, IL)
PL SC 014U - International Relations (GS, IL, H)
PL SC 017W - Introduction to Political Theory (GS, W)
PL SC 130 - American Political Campaigns and Elections (GS, US, American)
PL SC 431 - Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Political Theories (Theory and Practice)
PL SC 439 - The Politics of Terrorism (International)
PL SC 472 - The American Legal Process (American, Theory and Practice)
PL SC 489 - Public Administration (Theory and Practice)
Students who plan to graduate in Fall 2014 and have not yet fulfilled the non-introductory comparative politics requirement should contact Dr. Speel.
Penn State Behrend political science alumna Barbara Welton, an Erie attorney who serves on the Political Science Advisory Board, has donated some additional funds to provide financial assistance to students who are taking North American Politics in Toronto between May 18 - June 14, 2014.
Because of that donation, the next 3 students to turn in deposits and application forms in the H&SS School office in Kochel 170 will only need to pay $550 toward the cost of one month's residence on the Ryerson University campus in downtown Toronto for the course.
In addition, there is funding from the Black School of Business for 3 more Business majors that will allow them also to pay only $550 toward the cost of one month's residence on the Ryerson University campus in downtown Toronto for the course.
Details about this Penn State study abroad course were sent in the two previous political science newsletters and are also available on brochures in the Kochel Center stairwell. Application forms are available at the H&SS School Office or at the Learning Resource Center in Lilley Library. Students can also email Dr. Speel for more information.
Students should turn in application forms and deposits by next week before Spring Break.
The Behrend College Democrats are hosting the Pennsylvania College Democrats Western Region Conference this Saturday, March 1st, in McGarvey Commons. This is a huge opportunity for all politically inclined students on campus, especially, but not limited to, those that identify as young Democrats. Speakers and participants will include Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper, a former member of Congress, State Representative Ryan Bizzarro, the youngest member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, State Senator Sean Wiley, State Representatives Flo Fabrizio and Pat Harkins, and State Representative Brandon Neuman, a candidate for Pennsylvania lieutenant governor this year.
These elected officials and other political activists will speak about women breaking the glass ceiling, running for office at a young age, scoring the dream political job or internship you've always wanted, and lobbying your state and local officials.
Registration is available at this website:
A Facebook page for the event can be found here:
The Conference is completely free of cost, the sign in table will open at 8:30 a.m. and the conference will kick off at 9 a.m., and run until 4 p.m. in the afternoon. Throughout the day beverages, breakfast, and lunch will be provided thanks to gracious donations from local political leaders and union organizations. After the conference there will be a networking reception from 4p.m. - 7 p.m. at Plymouth Tavern downtown, which will cost $10, and is a great opportunity to chat more with the guest speakers and other students and to make meaningful connections for your future.
College Democrats will be meeting on Wednesday, February 26, at 6:00 p.m. in Kochel 42 to discuss this conference and future internship opportunities and speakers that would like to come to campus.
For more information, contact Behrend College Democrats President Lillie Gabreski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Mitchell, a former mayor of Corry, and a former member of Erie County Council, now runs the Pennsylvania Governor's regional office in Erie and will be the invited guest at the Political Science Society meeting on Wednesday, February 26, at 5:00 PM in Kochel 042.
Mr. Mitchell is very active in the local community and knows a great deal about government and politics. He will be talking about current events in the Commonwealth and counties from the northwestern region. If you have any questions about local or state government, please don't hesitate to ask him during the meeting. Feel free to invite other students to the event whether they're Democrats, Republicans or Independent.
For details, contact president Ryan Snyder at email@example.com.
Behrend College Republicans will next meet on Wednesday, March 5, at 6 PM in the back of Bruno's. The group wants to talk to members to discuss the planning of a major speaker event on campus after Spring Break.
For details, contact President Taylor Pokrant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In previous newsletters, we have discussed the jobs and law and graduate schools of Behrend political science alumni who work in legal careers (23%), careers in government service (18%), and careers in education (15%). The data are based on a study of alumni careers from September 2013.
In this newsletter, we will look at the careers of Behrend political science alumni who work in business professions (23%), politics and policy (6%), or other career areas, including health care, entertainment, and non-profit administration.
Among our 74 political science alumni who work as business professionals, 10 work in insurance, 8 work in banking, 7 work in finance, 6 work in marketing, 4 are sales administrators, 3 are human resources executives, and 9 run their own small or medium-sized businesses, with the rest in a variety of business professional careers.
Four business professionals do policy or government research:
Research Associate, Mohr Partners (real estate firm, economic and urban development research)
Strategy & Operations Consultant, Federal Practice, Deloitte
Associate Director for International Trade Policy, Toyota Motor North America
Government Relations Specialist, Erie Insurance
Other business professionals hold the following positions:
Senior Financial Analyst, Southeast Toyota
Commercial Underwriter, Erie Insurance
Vice President of Human Resources - International, Kinetic Concepts
Program Manager, Raytheon
Of the 20 alumni with careers in politics and policy, 8 are currently graduate students in policy fields, while the other 12 work in a variety of jobs that involve politics or policy.
Among the positions of our alumni in politics and policy are:
Senior Account Executive, Edelman (public relations and political consultants)
Political Director at Unite Here (union), Local 25, in Washington DC
Senior Advisor, Strategic Studies CNA Analysis & Solutions (military think tank)
Staff Writer, Ballotpedia
Contributions Coordinator, Council for a Livable World
Managing Editor, Geospatial Intelligence Review
Political Consultant, Meridian Strategies
Deputy IT Director, New Partners (political consultants)
Director, Business Intelligence, The Advisory Board Company (health care research consultants)
Journalist, The Investigative Project on Terrorism
Program Assistant, Center for Economic & Policy Research
Our remaining alumni work in a variety of fields, with health care, entertainment, and non-profit administration among the most numerous careers. Jobs held by some of our alumni in these other fields include:
Senior Games Manager, Marvel Entertainment
Arts and Culture Reporter, KPBS, San Diego
Grantwriter Consultant, Grants Plus
Roving Infield Instructor, Houston Astros
Executive Director, Neighborhood Learning Alliance in Pittsburgh
Senior Investigator, US Investigations Service in Pittsburgh
Executive Vice President for International Distribution, Dick Clark Productions
Registered Nurse, Carolinas Medical Center
Family Consultant and Case Planner, KidsPeace in Buffalo, NY
The Academic and Career Planning Center will assist one H&SS student during Summer 2014 with tuition costs for an unpaid internship, including unpaid work for a government official. Students can take PL SC 495 to receive academic credit for an internship. The deadline to apply is March 31.
For applications, see the ACPC homepage here:
Dr. Kilic Kanat will be on leave of absence during the Fall 2014 semester, in order to manage the “US-Turkey Relations and Model Partnership” project as the Director, which is co-sponsored by the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA) in Ankara and the Strategic Research Center (SAM) of the Turkish Foreign Ministry. The US-Turkey Relations and Model Partnership project will entail at least two workshops – one in Turkey and another in the US – and generate a report with suggestions for the improvement of bilateral relations. Dr. Kanat is currently working on a book on US-Turkish relations, and his work in the Fall semester will allow him to interview a number of scholars, politicians and diplomats, which will assist in the research of his book.