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Political Science, B.A. (PLSAL)

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Errin McCaulley, '15

Political Science major Bellwood, PA Schreyer Honors College Scholar

"I feel very attached to my Political Science professors—they drive me to do my very best. My undergraduate research on political theory will help prepare me to achieve my dream of being a lawyer."


About the Major

The Political Science major provides students with a general education in the liberal arts and an introduction to the complexities of the political process. The major offers students the opportunity to develop an advanced understanding of American politics, politics of other nations, and political theory. The major is designed to offer students maximum flexibility when selecting classes. Courses transferred from your study abroad experience may possibly be used either in the advanced courses and related are of the major. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Undergraduate Advisors in the department.

Courses in political science emphasize reading, interpreting, assessing, formulating, and communicating complex arguments about real-world topics. Since the arguments may range from the abstract and philosophical to the empirical and statistical, this minor presents an excellent opportunity to apply and sharpen skills.

For more information:

Matt Evans

Dr. Matt Evans

Associate Professor Political Science
Arts and Humanities

Office: C129I Smith Building
Phone: 814-949-5782
Email: @psu.edu
WWW: http://www.personal.psu.edu/mde15