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What is Political Science?

The Political Science major examines the methods and consequences of government through the course of history, focusing on the political process as it is conducted in the United States and other nations. The curriculum includes courses in American national and subnational politics, foreign policy, comparative and world politics, and special topics in international relations. Internship opportunities available.


What can I do with a Political Science Degree?

While many who choose to pursue political science degrees hope to launch political or other civil service careers in the future, there are a plethora of additional career prospects one can consider as well. The most common jobs for graduates with a bachelor's degree in Political Science are paralegal, administrative assistant, retail store manager, legal assistant, executive assistant, corporate paralegal, claims adjuster, examiner or investigator, intelligence analyst, non-profit program coordinator and marketing manager. Some of these careers, such as intelligence analyst and non-profit program coordinator use many of the skills learned while earning a degree in Political Science. Other jobs use the basic skills gained through a typical liberal arts education.

 Program Mission Statement

The Political Science Department supports the mission of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, namely, "to guide students in developing disciplined, informed thinking; communications skills; problem-solving skills; strategies for information access; respect for the views of others; and a lifetime love of learning."

What kinds of courses will I take?

The courses listed below are only a small glimpse into the Political Science courses available on our campus. To view the full list of Political Science course descriptions, click here.


The course is an introduction to the institutions and processes of the national government. Against a background of the Constitution and the social context of American politics, attention will be given to such topics as voting behavior, public opinion and political attitudes, the party system, the president, the Congress, and the courts.


The course examines the controversies surrounding the design of the presidency and situates those controversies within the context of debates about the nature of politics, political power, and the state in the founding period. Attention is also given to the political evolution of American government and the presidency, the development of the welfare state, and dilemmas of the modern presidency.


Examination of existing methods of achieving world order, particularly international organizations and international law. Consideration of new issues such as terrorism, human rights, north–south politics, and demands for a “new international economic order” that suggest alternative international regimes.


This course will focus on contemporary human rights as defined by international law. Students will trace the evolution of the Western human rights idea from natural law origins to the present understanding as legitimate claims against government. The course will also discuss alternative conceptions of human rights such as group/ethnic rights as well as economic and social rights. A series of case studies and an analysis of the work of human rights groups such as Amnesty International will highlight the political reality of human rights in the current time.


Political Science Links

These links have been provided for those who want more information on both the Pitt-Johnstown Political Science Program, and the world of Political Science as a whole.

Pitt-Johnstown Political Science Department Homepage

Degree Requirements (.pdf)

International Studies / Study Abroad

 Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society

Undergraduate Study in Political Science Information 

Contact Our Political Science Faculty

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Last Reviewed: January 10, 2012