Political Science Program
Political scientists study government institutions and the political systems related to them. Students who major in political science take courses that give them a thorough understanding of the American political system, the political systems of other nations, and international politics. Twenty-four of the 39 credits in this major must be taken in core requirements and the others consist of electives. Political science majors have gone on to careers in law, politics, high school teaching, and government service.
At Lebanon Valley College, you can earn a bachelor of arts in political science. This degree program is oriented to the study of government and politics, with a particular interest in the political behavior of individuals, groups, and institutions. It also emphasizes an understanding of public policy processes in the domestic and international fields. The program is designed to provide a sound knowledge of essential principles and problems within a broad liberal arts education. It seeks to enhance the student's ability to analyze politics and to develop his or her values with respect to politics and government. Careers in political science are bridges to a wide variety of exciting and rewarding careers. A minor in political science is also available.
Students with a political science major GPA of 3.5 or higher may apply for departmental honors at graduation. The following document explains the procedures required: Political Science Honors Requirements
POLITICAL SCIENCE STUDENTS PRESENT RESEARCH TO THE PUBLIC
Christa Levko ('12)
presented a poster on her research on the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Ashcroft v. Iqbal at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Political Science Association at Muhlenburg College in March 2012 and at the Midwest Political Science Association Meeting in Chicago in April 2012
('12) and Wade Meyerhoffer
('13) presented legislative proposals and supporting bill analyses that they developed while serving as Bipartisan Legislative Fellows at the Pennsylvania House of Representatives at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in April 2012
('12) and Robert Miske
(Economics '12) presented a public policy research paper on new commuter options in Central Pennsylvania to the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Political Science Association at Muhlenburg College in March 2012
('13) presented research supporting the legislative proposal he developed while serving as a Bipartisan Legislative Fellow at the Pennsylvania House of Representatives at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in December 2011
('11) offered a poster presentation at the Midwest Political Science Association Meeting in Chicago in April 2011
('11) presented a paper at the Pennsylvania Political Science Association meeting in Harrisburg in April 2011
('11) presented research supporting the legislative proposal he developed while serving as a Bipartisan Legislative Fellow at the Pennsylvania House of Representatives at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in April 2011
Degree Requirements: Bachelor of Arts with a major in political science
A student majoring in political science must take 39 credits in the discipline.
PSC 100 Intro. to Political Science
PSC 110 American National Government
PSC 210 Comparative Politics
PSC 245 International Relations
PSC 345 Political Philosophy
PSC 370 Research Methods in Poli. Sci.
PSC 498 Seminar in Politics
ECN 101 Principles of Microeconomics
ECN 102 Principles of Macroeconomics
Five elective courses in political science are required.