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  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Minor
  • Erie, Pennsylvania

Political Science

  • Improve the Future with a Political Science Degree from Gannon University

    Through Gannon University’s political science program, you will explore complex political theories, practices and institutions and how they shape everyday life. Develop your own political intellect by engaging in enlightening debates, lectures and research. That knowledge will complement your vision of a better world as you bring meaningful change to local, national and global communities through careers in education, foreign service, journalism, nonprofit and advocacy groups, and politics and government.

    • Gain valuable leadership experience through Model U.N., one of the oldest programs in the country.
    • Learn from faculty who are active scholars in essential topics such as global migration and nationalism.
    • Become well prepared to continue your education in our Master of Public Administration program.

    Political Science Students

    Learn to Lead the Way in Political Science

    • Learn the principles of America’s founding, study influential ideas of major theorists, and explore globalization, the politics of the European Union and America’s role in world affairs.
    • Study the institutions and policies of government from the perspective of four major subfields: American politics, comparative government, international relations and political theory.
    • Focus on the role of values in politics through debating issues that range from religion in the public sphere to policy responses to the humanitarian crisis.

    Experience an Exceptional Learning Environment

    • Gain valuable internship experiences with agencies including city and county government, Democratic and Republican party offices, Erie County Court House offices, and the Washington Center Internship Program.
    • Pursue courses at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge in partial fulfillment of your Gannon course requirements.
    • Travel to Washington, D.C. for informational interviews and to network with Gannon alumni as part of the university's School of Public Service and Global Affairs experience. 

    Inspire Your Academic Success

    Gain real-world knowledge through key political science courses including:

    The American Presidency: Study an overview of the constitutional duties of the president within a historical context of how previous presidents have shaped the office.

    U.S. Foreign Policy: Explore the historical and intellectual foundations of contemporary U.S. foreign policy and apply this knowledge to contemporary foreign policy dilemmas and international crises.  

    Special Topics: Participate in a series of classes that cover topics such as presidential biographies, nationalism and ethnic conflict and totalitarian regimes.

     Political Science Students at Gannon

    Achieve Your Possibilities

    Students will gain a high-quality education and advanced undergraduate research that will enable success in the rigors of graduate school or a profession. Gannon's political science program students can:

    • Develop skills necessary for leadership, management, planning and evaluation of government programs and understand policy making and implementation within a local, national or global context.
    • Continue your education at prestigious law schools and graduate programs such as Villanova University, the University of Virginia, and the University of Pittsburgh.
    • Earn a mid-career salary of $77,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


  • Receive hands-on learning through real-world courses, projects and valuable internship experiences that prepare you to become a professional in the field.
  • 13:1Enjoy a personalized experience inspired by Gannon’s faculty experts and a low student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1.
  • Apply for generous financial aid packages and scholarship awards.