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Political Science


B.A. Political Science

The demand for graduates who understand local, national and global politics is greatly increasing. The political science major provides students with the tools necessary to understand the range of factors shaping the local, national and global environments in which we live, to think critically and independently concerning pressing political issues, and to come to critically reasoned conclusions as to how we can organize the life we share with our fellow citizens and millions of people around the world. Clarion University provides an especially favorable environment for the study of political science. An energetic, dedicated and involved faculty instructs students in small classroom settings which permits a significant degree of faculty-student interaction. A favorable faculty-student ratio also permits considerable student access to faculty for the purposes of consultation, advising and career planning. The small size of the program contributes to a sense of camaraderie and guarantees the individual attention students need. The political science faculty offer robust courses spanning a broad range of contemporary political science: American politics, constitutional law, state and local politics, international and comparative politics, political philosophy, politics and film, public administration, and political methodology. This program is offered only at the Clarion campus.

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B.A. Political Science: Criminal Justice Concentration

Students with an interest in criminal justice have the option of pursuing a criminal justice concentration within the political science major. For students choosing the criminal justice concentration, degree requirements for the political science major are slightly different. This program is offered only at the Clarion campus.

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Minor in Political Science

A 18-credit minor in political science encompasses an introduction to political science, American government and other political science courses. The minor complements a variety of fields for which political science knowledge is helpful such as journalism and law. This minor is offered only at the Clarion campus.


Pre-professional Law

No particular major is required for admission to law school because law schools desire a broad-based undergraduate education that will prepare a student to read, write and think. However, because law deals with human institutions and values, some courses are recommended. English language and literature courses are indispensable. Political science, history, economics, accounting, philosophy and computer science courses also are of value. This program is offered only at the Clarion campus.

Last Updated 5/26/23