Political Science

Ready to take your place in today’s complex and increasingly interdependent world? LHU’s political science program will develop your understanding of the complicated political and socioeconomic forces shaping the world we live in and prepare you to tackle those issues in a variety of careers.

What You'll Study

B.A. Political Science

A degree in political science prepares you for a multitude of career options by giving you a diverse and thorough background in the most pressing social, political, and economic issues of our day. Pair that knowledge with a firm grasp of communication and analytic skills, and you’ll enter the world ready to take on the boardroom, courtroom, campaign trail, and more.

CU Degree Requirements (Effective Fall 2023):

Political Science

International Law


US/Public Administration

Please see the CU degree requirements effective Fall 2023. All enrolled students can also review their degree program requirements and track progress to degree completion in Degree Works.

LH Degree Requirements (Effective Prior to Fall 2023)

Topics covered include:

  • American National Government
  • World Politics
  • Public Policy
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Pre-Law Concentration

This concentration includes courses that will develop your skills and aptitude in areas likely to contribute to success in law school.

Topics covered include:

  • Law and Society
  • Media and Politics
  • Constitutional Law 


International Affairs Concentration

The International Affairs Concentration is designed to explore the ongoing defense and security challenges present in the United States and other countries.

Completion of the International Affairs Concentration prepares students for advanced graduate coursework. Students also enter into government service such as the CIA, FBI, Homeland Security, United Nations, and the many private sector organizations that prevent, analyze, and respond to threats to security.

This program provides a focus on causes, consequences, and policies related to security issues at multiple levels.

US/Public Administration Concentration

The Concentration of US/Public Administration prepares students for a discipline concerned with the organization and the formulation and implementation of public policies for the welfare of the people. It functions in a political setting in order to accomplish the goals and objectives, which are formulated by the political decision-makers.

Students learn a mix of skills in management, policy and politics that will be useful in a wide variety of jobs. 

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Program Highlights

  • Internships: Internships are an integral piece of the political science degree. At LHU you’ll have the ability to compete for well-renowned placements. Internships in Washington and Harrisburg are available through LHU’s affiliation with The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS) and The Washington Center (TWC). LHU students have also interned with:
    • The Office of the Governor
    • Pennsylvania State Legislature
    • Political Campaigns
    • Law Firms
    • Non-profit Agencies
  • The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS): Each semester, through its membership in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), LHU sends one student to participate in THIS. The program includes an internship with a high-level state government office and a public policy seminar through PASSHE.
  • The Washington Center (TWC): This independent, nonprofit organization provides selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C. LHU students have interned through TWC with the following agencies and organizations:
    • Martha's Table
    • National Republican Senatorial Committee
    • Law Media Group
    • S. Department of Justice, Office of International Affairs
  • Scholarships: From honorariums to full-tuition waivers, scholarships exist to reward your hard work and dedication to the major. Find more information here.
  • Careers: While most political science graduates pursue careers in law, politics, and public service, our major prepares you for a variety of careers. Recent graduates have gained employment as:
    • Lobbyists
    • Legislative Staffers
    • Intelligence Officers
    • Federal Contract Specialists
    • Political Organizers

  • Facilities:  Faculty deliver courses in technology-enhanced classrooms with vast multimedia capabilities.  Students can access open computer labs and campus wireless network when using personally-owned devices.  Students can request technology resources from Stevenson Library, Media Services.

Featured Program Faculty

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Dr. Brooke Harlowe
Dr. Laird Jones
Dr. Stanley Berard
Dr. Andrew Musila

Want to Know More?

Department of History, Political Science, International Studies, and Foreign Languages

Dr. Robert Sandow
202 Raub Hall, Lock Haven University
(570) 484-2464

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