The Political Science major emphasizes the enhancement of key intellectual skills and qualities of mind, such as the habits of questioning, debating, challenging, and shaping coherent and persuasive arguments. Penn State Behrend has active student chapters of College Democrats and College Republicans, along with a non-partisan Political Science Society. In recent years, College Democrats sponsored visits to campus by Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, while college Republicans sponsored a campus visit by Sarah Palin. The Political Science Society sponsors local candidate forums, political discussion forums, and events to prepare students for graduate or law school.
Students also have the opportunity to take courses in Washington, DC, and Toronto.
Graduates from Penn State Behrend in Political Science have pursued careers in business, education, law, and government service.