Political Science

  • Believe It: The Model U.N. at Gannon is the oldest in the Nation.

    • Political science students at Gannon can spend a semester in Washington, DC as participants in the Washington Center's Internship Program.
    • A recent graduate serves as the Western Pennsylvania Director for the Office of U.S. Senator Pat Toomey.
    • A pre-law student who studied Chinese, traveled to China through his participation in Gannon's ROTC program. He was also a student fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency in Washington, D.C. during the 2012-2013 academic year.
    • Gannon's political science department offers a five-year program that enables a student to earn a bachelor of arts in political science and a Master of Public Administration.
    • Gannon sponsors one of the oldest Model U.N. programs in the country. Political Science students gain valuable leadership experience through their participation in this program.

    You Will Learn

    Political science involves the study of the institutions and policies of government from the perspective of four major subfields: American politics, comparative government, international relations, and political theory. Political science majors will study a diverse range of topics with the option of adopting a minor or pursuing a dual major in another discipline.

    Political science majors study a diverse range of topics, including the principles of the American founding; the influential ideas of major theorists such as St. Augustine, Machiavelli, and John Locke; the impact of globalization; the politics of the European Union and America's role in world affairs.

    At Gannon, there is also focus on the role of values in politics, and students will debate issues ranging fromthe proper role of religion in the public sphere to the formulation of policy responses to humanitarian crisesor acts of genocide. Students will also develop research, writing, and analytical skills which will prepare them for a wide variety of careers.

    You Will Experience

    Our students have access to numerous internshippossibilities, including:

    • city and county government
    • Democratic and Republican Party offices
    • Erie County Court House offices
    • local and state government officials
    • political campaigns

    You Will Achieve

    Our majors have many possibilities for employment. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • education
    • foreign service
    • journalism
    • the legal profession
    • non-profits/advocacy groups • politics and government

    You will Study

    The political science program emphasizes the development of specific skills necessary for leadership, management, planning and evaluation of government programs, and provides a comprehensive understanding of policy-making and policy-implementation within a local, national or global context. Political science majors take various core and elective courses including:

    POLI 342:United Nations Practicum

    This course covers the history, goals, principles, rules, procedures and other institutions of the United Nations organization. Participation in Gannon's Model U.N.
    for high school students is required, and provides opportunities for experiential learning.

    POLI 343:U.S. Foreign Policy

    This course explores the historical and intellectual foundations of contemporary U.S. foreign policy.

    POLI 390-394:Special Topics

    Courses in this series of classes include Strategic Thinking, National Nominating Conventions Field Experience, Presidential Campaigns and Elections, Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict, and Totalitarianism.

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

    You Will Earn

    Salaries in the industry vary depending on the location and type of organization.

    • Starting salary: $41,700
    • Mid-career salary: $77,000

    For a current curriculum listing, visit gannon.edu/academic-offerings
    All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov) and/or PayScale (payscale.com).