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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.

HONORS PROGRAM
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

Nicole Sidel ('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

Zoe Sponeybarger ('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

Dylan Reed ('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

Tiffany Hubble ('11) offered a poster presentation at the Midwest Political Science Association Meeting in Chicago in April 2011

Chris Klimovitz ('11) presented a paper at the Pennsylvania Political Science Association meeting in Harrisburg in April 2011

Paul Anderson ('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.

Degree Requirements: Bachelor of Arts with a major in politics

A student majoring in politics must complete 42-48 credits in the discipline.

Knowledge of the discipline (12 credits):

POL 200 The Discipline of Pol. Sci.
POL 345 Philosophical Foun of Politics
POL 370 Conduct of Political Inquiry
POL 499 Seminar in Politics

Tools for effective U.S. citizenship. Four courses from the following options; at least one of the courses must be at the 300-level or higher (12 credits):

POL 110 Architecture of American Power
POL 252 Public Admin & Crafting Policy
POL 256 Power of the People
POL 391 Special Topics in US Politics
An approved course in U.S. politics offered abroad

One of:
POL 101 Controvers in Contemp Politics
POL 230 Electing the President

One of:
LAW 215 Law and Government
LAW 316 Civil Liberties & Civil Rights
LAW 499 Seminar in Law

Tools for effective global citizenship. Four courses from the following options, with at least one course at the 300-level or higher (12 credits):

ECN 102 Principles of Macroeconomics
POL 207 Europe in the 20th Century
POL 210 Comparative Politics
POL 245 Conceptions of Global Power
POL 392 Spec Topics in Global Politics

One of:
POL 312 American Foreign Policy
POL 313 Contemporary Global Security
POL 314 Global Politics Wealth & Pover

One of:
POL 275 Understanding Human Rights
An approved course in non-U.S. politics offered abroad

Practicing politics. Three distinct experiences from the following (6-12 credits):

POL 380 EU Simulation
*POL 460 Undergraduate Research
POL 500/Honors in politics (6 credits)
A study abroad experience of at least four weeks’ duration
A conference presentation

One of:
POL 400 Internship
LAW 400 Internship

*Minimum of 3 credits required.