"Why Political Science? (A message from our majors)"
A degree in Political Science provides an opportunity to gain both the theoretical and practical knowledge required to understand complex political relations throughout the world. Penn Political Science majors gain both analytical depth and breadth by exploring the interaction of different levels, or subfields, of politics:
- International Relations (relations between states, international organizations and transnational actors)
- American Politics (U.S. political institutions, policymaking and behavior)
- Comparative Politics (institutions and political processes of other nations)
- Political Theory (normative theories of politics and history of political thought)
Our majors have the opportunity to:
- work with world-renowned Political Science faculty mentors in dynamic learning environments
- transcend subfield and disciplinary boundaries to better understand and respond to real-world problems
- engage in career internships, study abroad, academically-based community service courses, Penn in Washington, the Fox Leadership Program and a rich array of extracurricular activities
- conduct original research under the guidance of supportive faculty experts
Upon graduation, Political Science majors enter a wide variety of careers in the public and private sectors, both in the United States and abroad. Typical careers include government, law, business, international and civic organizations, journalism, and education. Many students also choose to pursue graduate degrees in policy, law, business, international affairs, and other professional or doctoral programs.
For more information about the Political Science major, please contact Dr. Eileen Doherty-Sil.