Political Science

The Pursuit of Power

The Political Science program at Arcadia University focuses on the theory and practice of politics and the analysis of political systems and behavior. The program explores who has power, how they acquire it, and what they do with it. Courses in international relations and comparative and domestic politics will encourage you to think critically and to strengthen your oral and written presentation of ideas.

Choose from three optional concentrations that each require experiential learning via study abroad or an internship:

  • International Relations
  • U.S. Politics and Policy
  • Pre-Law and Political Theory

A concentration, however, is not required for the Political Science major.

What to Expect

  • Class activities that include debates, simulations, student presentations, guest speakers and field trips 
  • Preparation for graduate study in politics, peace and conflict resolution, international relations or law
  • Opportunities to travel with an award-winning Model UN team and participate in an international simulation
  • 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 through Arcadia’s College of Global Studies to study in Europe, Asia, Africa, China, and more

Career Paths

A Bachelor of Arts in Political Science will prepare you to pursue a career in law, politics, international affairs, foreign policy, public administration, urban planning, public relations, trade associations, teaching, or private industry.