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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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POS 222 - The Administration of Criminal Justice  in America (TR 3:30PM) w/ Dr. Price


The operations of the criminal justice system in the United States. Topics include crime in American, the rule of law, the role of the police, the function of the prosecuting and defense attorneys, criminal courts and trial processes, sentencing, corrections, incarceration, probation, and parole. 

POS 325- Politics of Asia (MWF 10:00AM) w/Dr. Heim 


This course will consider the nature and types of politics found throughout Asia. Consideration will focus upon the major governments of China, Japan and India and Pakistan, how they emerged from various imperial forms of political order, and what the legacy of this is. This will be followed by an examination of the various forms of contemporary governments, from parliamentary systems to dictatorships, and a judgement of how they meet or fail to meet the challenges of the changing modern world.