Politics Major

The Politics program at Lebanon Valley College is oriented to 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. We also emphasize an understanding of public policy processes and analysis. The program is designed to provide a sound knowledge of essential principles and problems of politics within a broad liberal arts education, while improving students' skills in oral and written communication, critical thinking, and research.

Faculty work with students in collaborative research and help arrange internships. Our students 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.

Our graduates have found jobs with government agencies, international organizations, and policy-related groups, and have gone on to some of the nation's finest law schools and graduate programs.

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.