This newsletter goes monthly to all Behrend political science majors and minors, as well as students who expressed interest in the political science major during the admissions process and Behrend students who have taken at least two PL SC courses.
Here is a tentative list of Political Science courses that will be offered at Penn State Behrend in Spring 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.
Political Science minors must take PL SC 001, PL SC 003, and 12 other credits (4 courses), including 6 credits at the 400-level.
Spring 2014 Courses
PL SC 001 - Introduction to American National Government* (GS)
PL SC 001H - Introduction to American National Government (GS)
PL SC 003 - Introduction to Comparative Politics* (GS, IL)
PL SC 014 - International Relations* (GS, IL)
PL SC 017 - Introduction to Political Theory (GS)
PL SC 123 - Ethnic and Racial Politics (GS, US, IL, American, Comparative)
PL SC 308H - Introduction to Political Research (Theory and Practice)
PL SC 419 - The Bureaucratic State (American, Theory and Practice)
PL SC 430W** - Selected Works in the History of Political Theory (Theory and Practice)
PL SC 433 - Political Foundations of the Early American Republic (American, Theory and Practice)
PL SC 467 - International Relations of the Middle East (International)
INTST 400 - Seminar in International Studies (IL, International)
*PL SC 001, PL SC 003, and PL SC 014 will each offer two separate sections in Spring 2014.
**When the schedule goes online in October, there may be a different W course included as an addition or alternative to PL SC 430W.
Every other year, the political science program does a study of the career paths of our alumni who completed political science degrees at Penn State Behrend. The most recent study was completed this month.
There are 402 POLSC alumni since the first major graduated in 1977.
We were able to determine the current jobs of 316 (79%) of those alumni.
Of those 316 alumni, the most common career paths are:
Business professionals (n=74, 23%)
Law (n=73, 23%)
Government service (n=57, 18%,)
Education (n=47, 15%)
Politics and policy (n=20, 6%)
Health care (n=9, 3%)
Non-profit administration (n=7, 2%)
Entertainment industry (n=4, 1%)
Note that 8 government attorneys are double counted in both the law and government service fields.
Law (n=30, 25%)
Business professionals (n=24, 20%)
Government service (n=21, 18%)
Education (n=21, 18%)
Politics and policy (n=10, 8%)
Non-profit administration (n=3, 3%)
Health Care (n=3, 3%)
Note that four government attorneys are double counted in both the law and government service fields.
There is slightly higher interest in law, education, and politics and policy careers in our younger alumni than in our older alumni, and slightly less pursuit of business professions careers.
Newsletters in upcoming months will include more detailed statistics of each of the main career areas pursued by Penn State Behrend political science alumni and lists of some of the specific jobs held by our alumni and some of the law and graduate schools they have attended in recent years.
Penn State Behrend will host a Career and Internship Fair on Wednesday, October 2, noon-4 PM at the Junker Center. Details can be found here.
The following employers who will be at the fair expressed specific interest in political science majors*:
Customs and Border Protection
DPW, Bureau of Equal Opportunity
Erie Insurance Group
Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Iadeluca Chiropractic Center
Marine Corps Officer Program
Penn State Behrend MBA program
Perseus House, inc.
US Air Force
*The list excludes employers who expressed interest in all majors, of whom many will also be present at the fair.
The College Democrats, College Republicans, and Political Science Society are sponsoring a campus voter registration drive this week at Bruno's every day from 11 AM until 4 PM. If you are not yet registered to vote locally, you can stop by their table to do so.
The Political Science Society will be hosting a Harborcreek Candidate Forum on Tuesday, October 22, at 7:30 PM. Candidates for Township Supervisor and School Board will be present to answer questions. Harborcreek Township Supervisors are responsible for decisions about issues such as traffic or sidewalks on Jordan Road and economic development in the campus area, including stores and restaurants.
College Republicans meets every Monday at 5:30 PM in the upper part of Bruno's. For details, contact President Taylor Pokrant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Political Science Society meets every Wednesday at 5:30 PM in the upper part of Bruno's. For details, contact president Ryan Snyder at email@example.com.
College Democrats will soon be holding a meeting. For details, contact president Lillie Gabreski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The political science and history programs, along with the Academic and Career Planning Center, are sponsoring a forum about internship opportunities on Tuesday, October 15, at 7:30 PM, in the Metzgar Center lobby. Political science majors Ryan Snyder and Mauricio Cortes will be present to speak about their recent internships with the Obama for America campaign in Ohio and with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett's Northwest Regional Office in Erie, respectively.
Dr. Zachary Irwin has been chosen as a country expert for Slovenia and Macedonia for the “Varieties of Democracy Project” managed by Boston University, the University of Gothenburg, and University of Notre Dame. The project is intended to create a database for democratic practices in 206 countries and political entities. Those chosen to write for the project are asked to evaluate about 100 key variables of democratic behavior during the last decades. In addition, he has a review of the book 22 Ideas to Fix the World," edited by Piotr Dukiewicz and Richard Sawka, by New York University Press in the current issue of Library Journal. A book chapter, “Bosnia Herzegovina and the European Union” will be published in October by The Central European University Press in the book, Civil and Uncivil Values in the Bosnia–Herzegovina, edited by Sabrina Ramet and Ola Listhaug.
Dr. Kilic Kanat over the past few months has submitted written testimony to the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Subcommittee on European Affairs about the Gezi Park demonstrations in Turkey this Summer, and the impact of those demonstrations on "Model State" debate. He also published a book chapter on the Kurdish question in Turkey for Understanding Turkey's Kurdish Question, Lexington Books, and an article on Turkish-Israeli Relations for the journal Middle East Policy. Dr. Kanat co-authored an article titled "China's Wild West: A Cautionary Tale of Ethnic Conflict and Development" for The Diplomat, a prestigious current affairs magazine for the Asia-Pacific region, and he wrote a policy analysis about the military intervention in Egypt for Middle East Monitor. He published an article on Turkish foreign policy for the SETA foundation in Washington and spoke at the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America on "The Regional Implication of the Coup in Egypt. In addition, over the Summer, Dr. Kanat gave about a hundred interviews on Turkish television about the visit to Washington by Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan and about US policies on Egypt and Syria, among other issues, and he published about thirty op-ed columns in Turkish newspapers on topics such as US foreign policy in Egypt and Syria, Turkish foreign policy, the Uyghur question, and US-China relations.
Dr. Robert Speel wrote an op-ed column on the flaws of choosing judicial candidates in partisan primaries in Pennsylvania. The column appeared in late May in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Scranton Times-Tribune, and the Erie Times-News. In addition, Dr. Speel was interviewed for seven articles that appeared in the Erie Times-News between May and July.
PoliticsPA, a news website about Pennsylvania politics, is seeking interns.
US Senator Bob Casey, US Senator Pat Toomey, and US Representative Mike Kelly all have offices in Erie and welcome interns from Penn State Behrend.
In addition, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has a northwest regional office in Erie that accepts Behrend students as interns.
For information about any of these internships or how to apply, please contact Dr. Speel. However, when contacting Dr. Speel, please be specific about which internship opportunity interests you. You can research on the web the background of each of these elected officials or the news website. You will need to research or have some basic knowledge about any office before applying for an internship there.
The political science program has three free publications available, all of them lengthy booklets filled with substantive information. Students can pick up any of the booklets by stopping by the office of Dr. Speel (159 Kochel) or by emailing him to ask him to leave a booklet somewhere else where it can be picked up.
The free booklets include:
Careers and the Study of Political Science
Studying in Washington: A Guide to Academic Internships in the Nation's Capital
Earning a PhD in Political Science