About The Program

Our Politics Program is focused on the study of government and politics—in the U.S. and abroad—with a particular focus on the political behavior of individuals, groups, and institutions. This program provides a broad liberal arts education, while improving students’ skills in oral and written communication, critical thinking, and research.

Faculty work with students on research and help arrange internships such as the prestigious Pennsylvania Legislative Fellowships. Our graduates have found jobs with government agencies, international organizations, and policy-related groups—one even became Pennsylvania’s 46th Governor. Many have gone on to some of the nation’s finest graduate programs and law schools.

Why LVC?

  • Politics majors engage in original research projects, often in collaboration with faculty, and present papers at academic conferences and for departmental honors.
  • The law & society minor and pre-law advisor help students prepare for the LSAT and law school, and recent graduates have attended William & Mary, University of Pittsburgh, and St. John’s University schools of law, among others.
  • Valley politics majors participate in unique trips, including one to Washington, D.C., every November for a European Union Simulation.
  • Politics majors have presented conference papers and won prestigious Pennsylvania Legislative Fellowships. Courses such as the European Union Simulation increase students’ global awareness and help prepare them for citizenship in the 21st century.

Studying abroad in Spain really ignited my passion for living abroad and developing my understanding of the world. From that time, I knew my future would require linguistic diversity, international understanding, and business acumen.

Labour Migration Project Coordinator, International Organization for Migration, Geneva, Switzerland

Dustin Kerns ’09