Political Science

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

  • Program Overview

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

    Political Science majors at Gannon are encouraged to pursue additional minors or a dual major, and we offer unique experiential learning through our Model UN and multiple internship opportunities. Gannon students have additional opportunities to participate in the Washington Center’s internship program and the student fellows program of the Center for the Study of the Presidency. Please contact the Chair for additional information.

    Program Options

    • Bachelor of Arts
    • Five Year Bachelor of Arts/MBA
    • Five Year Bachelor of Arts/MPA
    • Duquesne School of Law, 3+3 Early Admissions Program
    • Political Science Minor
    • Bachelor of Arts for Graduates of Two Year Colleges

    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.