About the B.A. in Political Science
- Preparation for graduate study in politics, peace and conflict resolution, international relations or law
- 4+2 with Arcadia’s International Peace and Conflict Resolution master’s program
- 3+3 accelerated program with Drexel University’s Earle Mack School of Law
- Accelerated 3+2 with Arcadia’s International Peace and Conflict Resolution master’s program
- Accelerated 3+2 with the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy
- Preparation for careers in government, foreign service, non-governmental organizations, public service, education, or management
- Concentration in international relations
- Concentration in U.S. politics and policy
- Concentration in pre-law and political theory
- Opportunities to travel with Model UN team • Internships available in Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C, and British, Scottish and Australian parliaments
- Senior Capstone courses that integrate classroom learning with real world experiences
- Opportunities to study at American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy in Paris, France
- Opportunities to study at some of the top universities around the world
Political science focuses on the theory and practice of politics and the analysis of political systems and behavior. It explores who has power, how they acquire it, and what they do with it. Courses in international relations and comparative and domestic politics encourage students to think critically and to strengthen their skills in the oral and written presentation of ideas.
Since governmental decisions and the pursuit of power have relevancy to nearly all disciplines, the curriculum is designed for both Political Science majors and students from other programs.
Political Science majors can be recognized for developing expertise in one of three areas:
- International Relations
- U.S. Politics and Policy
- Pre-Law and Political Theory
A concentration, however, is not required for the Political Science major.
Political Science graduates have entered the fields of government, law, foreign service and international affairs, social service, urban planning, public service, education, human resources, international business, and sports management.
Class activities include debates, simulations, student presentations, guest speakers and field trips. The program sponsors an award-winning Model UN team, which participates in an international Model UN simulation.
Students also study abroad through Arcadia’s College of Global Studies at sites in Europe, Asia, Africa, China and more. The Department helps students locate internships in foreign policy research, international affairs, victim assistance, legal research and writing, and political campaigning.
Exciting internship opportunities are available through the American University Washington Semester Program and the Washington Center.
Senior Capstone Experience
Political Science majors complete a two-semester Capstone course that challenges them to integrate their education, interests and career plans.
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
The Bachelor of Arts degree program prepares students to pursue careers in law, politics, international affairs, foreign policy, public administration, urban planning, public relations, trade associations, teaching or private industry. Although the program does not limit students to specific tracks, three optional concentrations are available that each require experiential learning via study abroad or an internship.
The Political Science major offers students flexibility with optional concentrations in International Relations, U.S. Politics and Policy, and Pre-Law and Political Theory.
Students who want to pursue graduate study in peace studies, foreign policy or international affairs should pursue a concentration in international relations and add an intermediate Modern Language course. The U.S. Politics and Policy concentration provides a foundation for graduate study in public policy, public administration, urban planning and political science. The Pre-Law and Political Theory concentration offers preparation for paralegal positions and a foundation for law school. Political Science majors also can prepare to attend graduate programs in business administration, health administration, education or other fields by selecting appropriate courses in consultation with their adviser.
International Relations and Peace Studies
Students interested in international relations or peace studies should choose a Political Science major with the International Relations concentration. It is also possible to pursue the University’s 4+2 program, or an accelerated 3+2 option, to earn a Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution.
There are many other ways to prepare to play a role in international affairs, but the most important prerequisite for a successful career is study abroad for a semester or a full year.
Legal and Paralegal
Students interested in law often choose to major in Political Science—including the 3+3 accelerated program with Drexel University’s Earle Mack School of Law. Courses recommended for pre-law students are listed in the Pre-Law and Political Theory concentration and under the Pre-law Minor. Study abroad also is highly recommended for pre-law students.
The Department of Historical and Political Studies offers two internship programs designed to be taken during the summer (off campus) or during either the Fall or Spring semester, in addition to other coursework. (Refer to PS 324 Pre-Law Intern Program and PS 380 Political Internship). International internships are available through Arcadia’s College of Global Studies.
Political Science majors are urged to do an internship during either the junior year or the first or second semester of the senior year. This experience will help them in PS 490/491 Senior Thesis Seminar. It also will assist them in deciding what career to pursue after graduation and provide them with valuable personal and professional references.
Arcadia University participates in the Washington Semester Program and the Washington Center Program. Each offers an off-campus experience of seminars and internship, utilizing the resources of the Washington political community. For more information contact Dr. Angela Kachuyevski.
Minor in Political Science
The minor in Political Science supplements many major programs, especially International Studies, Communications, Health Administration, and Business, by enabling students to understand how political processes operate and by strengthening oral and written communication skills. Pre-law students, regardless of major, can complete the Pre-Law minor and/or a minor in Political Science. Arcadia also offers a B.A. in Global Legal Studies that requires students to take two law courses abroad. This is a Majors Abroad Program (MAP). See a separate entry for this major.