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Please direct undergraduate inquiries to:
Gary Mucciaroni, Chair
Note: Department chairs frequently change at the beginning of the academic year. Students should contact departments for updated information.
The Political Science major and minor provide a systematic study of politics in the
The key educational goal for political science students is analytical thinking. Students will recognize and understand various patterns in the distribution of political power and recurrent models of political behavior. Students will also gain insight into the relationship between the distribution of resources and power within society and political outcomes. As politics inherently involves how societies distribute life opportunities, students will also reflect upon the moral choices involved in political life. The department teaches students how to develop the capacity to conduct empirical research in order to illuminate and revise theoretical models of politics. Students will be expected to use a full range of data and to write clearly.
Political Science graduates pursue a wide range of careers. They may work in government offices (at all levels), political campaigns, private voluntary organizations, unions and community organizations, as well as the private sector. Some pursue teaching careers. A degree in Political Science is also excellent preparation for law school.
The department can arrange internships, which are typically linked to academic study. In addition, our Experiential Learning Program offers internships combined with academic seminars every term.
The department has two important student organizations: the Political Science Majors Association and Political Science Honor Society - Pi Sigma Alpha, Temple Chapter.
Requirements for the Political Science Major and Minor
* Indicates writing capstone for major
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