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Political Science


There's never been a more exciting and important time to study and practice politics. With a Political Science degree from Edinboro, you will be ready to become an effective political analyst and change agent in your community. You will develop a strong understanding of politics, learn how to translate that knowledge into action and set your vision of a better world into motion.

According to the 2016 Edinboro University Supply/Demand Gap Analysis, the largest number of jobs available for Political Science graduates in Crawford, Erie, McKean and Warren counties between now and 2024 will be with social advocacy organizations and civic and social organizations.

Why Edinboro Stands Out.

Whatever your specific interests may be, Edinboro's expert faculty will guide you as you explore timeless questions and contemporary political debates. Using classic liberal arts methods, you will hone your critical thinking, research and written and oral communications skills.

There are many opportunities to complement and strengthen your Political Science degree with courses and minors in Leadership Studies, Pre-Law, Strategic Communications, Economics, Sociology, Criminal Justice and Journalism.

Because politics is an integral part of every society and every occupation, the knowledge and skills that you acquire at Edinboro will serve you well in a variety of interesting careers, including work in government, political advocacy, business or law. Edinboro graduates have also found great success attending a variety of graduate programs, including law school.

How Edinboro Supports You.

The Political Science program at Edinboro equips you with a broad and sophisticated understanding of politics, including knowledge of American politics, international relations, comparative politics, law and political theory.

As a student, you can take advantage of the following outstanding resources:

  • Extracurricular career-relevant activities such as the Edinboro Mock Trial Team, Model United Nations, Model NATO, The National Society of Leadership and Success, The Spectator (Edinboro's weekly newspaper), Edinboro TV and the Student Government Association, as well as many on- and off-campus lectures, films and debates.
  • Professors who serve as mentors and advisors and who participate in every aspect of your education, in and out of the classroom.
  • Internship opportunities that allow you to earn credit while working in a politics-related setting, such as the office of an elected official, a government agency or a law office.

Your Future

Whether you enter the workforce, or go on to graduate or professional school, your Political Science degree from Edinboro will serve you well.

Heading to Law School?

Our Political Science program is an excellent foundation for success in law school and the practice of law, and pairs well with Edinboro's Pre-Law program and minor. Our alumni have been successfully admitted to prestigious law schools locally and all across the country, and are attending or recent graduates of the following schools:

  • American University College of Law
  • Capital University Law School
  • Duquesne University Law School
  • George Washington University Law School
  • Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law
  • Penn State Law (Pennsylvania State University)
  • Roger Williams University School of Law
  • University of Akron Law School
  • University at Buffalo Law School
  • University of Dayton School of Law
  • University of Minnesota Law School
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • University of Virginia School of Law
  • West Virginia University College of Law
  • Western New England School of Law
  • Widener University Commonwealth Law School

Interested in Graduate School?

Some of our graduates further their education at a variety of prestigious graduate institutions, pursing programs such as these:

  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Pittsburgh
  • Ph.D., Political Science, Temple University
  • M.A., International Economics and International Relations, Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
  • M.A., International Development, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA)
  • MPP (Master of Public Policy), George Mason University
  • MPS (Master of Public Service), University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service
  • MBA, International Business and Marketing, Northeastern University
  • MPA (Master of Public Administration), Gannon University
  • M.S., Applied Intelligence, Mercyhurst University
  • M.A., Global Security and Intelligence, Point Park University

Questions About This Program?

Amanda Frantz-Mamani
Department Chair
146 Hendricks Hall
Email: frantzmamani@edinboro.edu
Phone: 814-732-2575

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