Jun 10, 2023  
College Catalog 2022-2023 
College Catalog 2022-2023

Political Science (B.A.)

Student Learning Outcomes for Political Science:

Students will be able to:

  • Explain the major theories, concepts, and methods of political analysis – empirical, normative, and policy-oriented.
  • Apply theories, concepts, and methods used in the study of politics to political ideas, institutions, and practices.
  • Exercise critical judgment, analyze, and synthesize relevant information and construct reasoned argument.
  • Communicate effectively and fluently in speech and in writing.
  • Conduct independent, original research, demonstrating the ability to gather, organize, and present evidence, data, and information from a variety of primary and secondary sources.
  • Be involved in matters of public concern locally, nationally, and globally.


The Political Science major has no modern or ancient language requirement beyond the Power of Language - Other requirement in the core program. However, students are encouraged to develop competency in a modern language, particularly if they are interested in study abroad.

MA 251 is suggested to satisfy the Mathematics core requirement.

If a student has received AP credit for PS 101 and is interested in taking sophomore-level courses in political science, she/he should consult with the Dean first. PS 205  or PS 245  are good choices.

For information about the Washington Center Internship Program, students should contact the Study Abroad Office. For internship opportunities in Harrisburg through the School’s Capital Semester Internship Program (PS 417), students should contact Dr. April Kelly.