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Bachelor of Arts in Political Science


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As a political science major at California University of Pennsylvania, you’ll learn to break down power relations to uncover the behaviors, practices and rules of the game whose victors designate who gets what, when and how. You will study the full spectrum of power to understand the behavior that leads to political gains as well as the barriers that prohibit access to political power.

The mission of the Political Science program is to encourage literate, critical thinking by students, who work with faculty engaged in diverse, broadly based scholarships. The faculty strives to mentor and develop students as they build character and careers.

Political science is a highly prescribed discipline. It limits its interests to the political aspects of human behavior, both national and international, including the study of power and organizations.

Students can take a wide range of courses in the major subfields:  American Politics, Public Policy, Public Administration, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Theory.   Political Science faculty are published in areas, such as parties and elections, constitutional law, political theory, and area studies.  


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Spotlight on Political Science

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POS 312 - Politics of the World Economy w/ Dr. Heim

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This course will be concerned with understanding the politics of the world economy. The emphasis will be on the contemporary structure of the international political economy, how it emerged, and what actions and policy responses – by international institutions, governments, multinational corporations and labor unions – continue to shape its order. Students will also gain knowledge of how their lives are impacted by the world economy and what future opportunity exists there.

POS 318- Political Parties & Pressure Groups w/ Dr. Blumberg

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This course examines the roles political parties and pressure groups play in electoral politics and policy making.