Political Science

Political Science students in front of Supreme CourtIf you are interested in the workings of both national and international government systems and how they interact with each other, you may be interested in the Political Science program. Political Science majors at Penn State Behrend study all fields within the discipline: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, public administration, public policy, and public law.

The program emphasizes attention to individual interests, an internship in government, and, where appropriate, independent study. All students are expected to master effective writing, speaking, and reasoning skills, and conduct upper-level research in public affairs. Students can also take courses held in Washington, D.C., and Toronto, Ontario.

Penn State Behrend also has an agreement with Edinboro University that allows political science and history majors to obtain Pennsylvania teacher certification in secondary social studies.

Contact Dr. Robert Speel, Program Chair of Political Science, with any questions (rws15@psu.edu/814-898-6206).

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