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Political Science at Pitt-Johnstown

In addition to an academic major, a student may also elect to complete a minor in Political Science. A minor in Political Science will give the student a background in examining 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. This minor requires 18 credits of Political Science study, ranging from introductory to upper level courses. Minoring in Political Science is very popular for History majors.

What Political Science classes are available?

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 purpose of this course is two-fold: first, to increase the students’ awareness of global issues and problems of major political import and, second, to enhance the students’ ability to interpret and analyze the behavior and inter-relationships of the actors that deal with these issues and problems.

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.

Pitt-Johnstown Political Science Faculty


 Dr. James Alexander (University of Colorado)

 Office Location: 104D Krebs Hall

 Phone: 814-269-2983






 Dr. Raymond Wrabley (Arizona State University)

 Office Location: 120C Krebs Hall

 Phone: 814-269-2979





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Last Reviewed: January 18, 2012