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Program Requirements


Click here to view a pdf copy of the curriculum requirement sheet for the B.A. in political science.

Click here to view a pdf copy of the curriculum requirement sheet for the B.A. in political science-legal studies concentration. For more information about the B.A. in political science/legal studies, please visit the pre-law section of the department web site. 

Political science program description

Political Science students at Edinboro University develop a broad and sophisticated understanding of politics, including knowledge of American politics, international relations, comparative politics, and political theory. Students develop skills in critical thinking, research, and oral and written communication. In class and through an optional internship experience, students learn to use their knowledge and developed skills to address real life problems in politics and policy and are prepared to serve in roles of responsibility in the community. Political Science students are prepared to work in almost any field, but are especially suited for careers in government, political advocacy, non-governmental organizations, and law.

Political science program objectives

What do we want political science students to learn while they are at Edinboro? Our B.A. in political science is meant to achieve five major objectives:

Objective 1: Knowledge of politics. Students will possess a sophisticated understanding of politics in all of the major fields of political science, including a) American politics, b) international relations, c) comparative politics, and d) political theory.

Objective 2: Critical analysis. Students will possess the ability to interpret, analyze, and critique political phenomena. Student facility in critical analysis is enhanced by the following:

a) Critical thinking skills: Students can analyze empirical phenomena carefully, reasonably, and skeptically
b) Normative analysis and critique: Students are able to engage in rigorous normative analysis of political phenomena
c) Research skills: Students have developed research skills, including question formulation, research design, data gathering, and data analysis and interpretation

Objective 3: Practical application of knowledge. Students possess the ability to use their knowledge and research skills to address real-life problems. 

Objective 4: Effective communication skills. Students are able to communicate clearly, effectively, and persuasively orally and in writing. 

Objective 5: Preparation for the workforce and responsible citizenship.  Students are prepared to enter the workforce and serve in roles of responsibility within the community. 


Earning a degree in political science

At Edinboro University, 51 credits (of 120 overall) are devoted to courses in political science and closely related disciplines.

Required courses

All political science students must take the following courses:

  • POLI 100, Introduction to Politics
  • POLI 101, Introduction to American Politics
  • POLI 102, Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POLI 103, Introduction to Global Politics
  • POLI 300, Methods of Political Analysis
  • POLI 370, Political Thought I OR POLI 372, Political Thought II
  • POLI 507, Seminar in Political Science
  • MATH 260, Elements of Statistics
  • Six credits of foreign languages

Political science electives

In addition to required coursework, political science majors have the opportunity to focus on a specific are of politics by taking 21 credits of upper-level political science courses.

For students completing the B.A. in political science with a legal studies concentration, a more specific set of electives must be taken, in addition to a more specific set of courses for general education credit. Please consult the curriculum requirement sheet for the legal studies concentration.

Field experience (i.e., internship)

In order to encourage the practical application of a student's course-based knowledge and promote workplace readiness, political science students are strongly encouraged to complete an internship for academic credit. A student may earn up to 15 academic credit for a department-approved internship experience. 

For more information on internships, click here.