If the workings and interactions of state, national, and international governments fascinate you, consider pursuing a degree in political science.
Behrend’s B.A. in Political Science emphasizes the development of key intellectual skills, ingraining the habits of questioning, debating, challenging, and shaping persuasive arguments. You’ll be expected to master effective writing, speaking, and reasoning skills—all of which will make you a desirable candidate to any number of employers.
Why Penn State Behrend?
Our program emphasizes attention to the individual. We encourage—and help you to find—internships in government. We also encourage and support undergraduate research opportunities as well as independent study and study abroad, including through courses offered in Washington, Toronto, and Europe.
As a Political Science student, you’ll also be encouraged to be active on campus and in the community, and you’ll have the opportunities to join either partisan or nonpartisan student groups and attend candidate forums and discussion groups. In addition, one Political Science major each year is recognized with the Zachary T. Irwin Humanitarian Award, honoring a student who has made Behrend and the Erie community better places.