Political Science

Pitt-Greensburg Political Science majors engaging with local politicians in Harrisburg

39 credits
Bachelor of Arts

The Political Science major encourages the student to analyze the theories, institutions, and processes of political systems; develop a continuing and responsible interest in political activity and public affairs; and provide a basis for citizenship through a fundamental understanding of the nature of political systems.

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Course Descriptions

Printable Distribution of Credits Checklist

Printable Program Requirements Sheet

General Degree Requirements

Core Courses Title Credit
PS 0200 American Political Process 3
PS 0300 Comparative Politics 3
PS 0500 World Politics 3
PS 0600 Political Theory & Analysis 3
Electives 4 courses - 12 credits
Choose a total of four courses from at least two of the following groups:
Group I American Politics
PS 0211 American System of Criminal Justice
PS 1202 American Constitutional Law
PS 1210 Religion and Politics
PS 1211 Legislative Process
PS 1212 American Presidency
PS 1231 Political Parties and Elections
PS 1234 Electoral Behavior and Democratic Process
PS 1252 State Government
PS 1261 American Public Policy
Group II Comparative Government
PS 1314 German Government and Politics
PS 1318 European Government and Politics
PS 1321 Latin American Politics
Group III International Relations
PS 1503 International Organization
PS 1511 American Foreign Policy
PS 1541 Politics of Global Economic Relations
Group IV Political Theory
PS 1601 Political Theory: Plato to Machiavelli
PS 1603 Contemporary Political Thought
PS 1607 American Political Thought
PS 1611

Liberalism and Democracy

Other Political Science Courses

PS 1836 Politics Through Film

PS 1901 Independent Study

PS 1904 Political Science Internship

Related Area 4 courses - 12 credits

Take four courses in another social science (e.g. Anthropology, Economics, History, Criminal Justice, Sociology, Public Policy) or in Philosophy.

Additional Requirements 1 course - 3 credits

After earning 90 credits, all Political Science majors must take PS 1955 to fulfill the capstone course requirement.