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Political Science

The primary mission of the Division of Political Science is civic education. Students acquire an understanding of power, diversity, conflict, and moral ambiguity in the social world and develop their capabilities as citizens to respond effectively to political challenges and opportunities in a democratic and globally connected society.

The political science faculty aims to make PSU students more astute, critical, and articulate observers of, and participants in, the multifaceted phenomenon of politics. Our curriculum is well-suited to professionally motivated students who wish to pursue careers in politics, law, public administration, communications, education, and other fields. We offer an undergraduate major and minor in political science, and a minor in law and legal studies. The Division also has a master’s degree program and participates in the doctoral program in Public Affairs and Policy.