Political Science

Through political science at Wilkes, you’ll examine world governments as well as their growth, evolution and decline. Delve into government structure, decision-making and conflict management. Prepare for a variety of professional possibilities by honing your analytical and problem-solving skills.

Program Snapshot

Program Type Format Credit Hours
Major, Minor On Campus 120 (18 for minor)

Why Study Political Science at Wilkes?

Our small class size means big opportunities for political science students. In addition to superb instruction in class, you can work one-on-one with faculty mentors. Collaborate with faculty on their research and get guidance tailored to you for your senior capstone project.

Wilkes-Barre is the seat of government for Luzerne County, providing access to internships with the district attorney, public defender and county judiciary, as well as experience with federal, state and local political campaigns.

Wilkes University’s proximity to New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. gives you the potential to explore internships in larger settings as well. Whether you want to experience county government or the nation’s capital, Wilkes will help you find a way.

Curriculum      Admission Requirements

What Will You Learn as a Political Science Student?

  • Explore politics and government structures from a variety of angles.
  • Examine complex human problems in logical, analytical ways.
  • Practice survey research methods and learn to develop and interpret data.
  • Develop communication skills that will allow you to present ideas clearly and persuasively.
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Program Highlights

Global Classroom

Political science majors have the unique opportunity to study in Costa Rica for a week as part of a class called The Political Economy of Coffee or Ecotourism Development.

Class Trips

You’ll learn outside the classroom during trips to the Supreme Court and other sites in Washington, D.C. You can also sign up for the Model UN trip each spring semester.

Combine Majors

You can combine your political science major with a double major or a minor in secondary education, sharing your love of learning with the next generation of students.

Cogswell

Professors believe in you and see your potential. When you go to law school, you’re going to be ahead of the curve.

Sydney Cogswell - Political Science and Criminology
70+

law schools have offered admission to Wilkes grads

3+3

programs let you earn a bachelor's degree and law degree in just six years

>90%

students who work with a pre-law advisor are admitted to at least one law school

Building a Case for Law School Success

The American Bar Association does not require any particular course of study prior to law school, though a BA in political science from Wilkes provides a solid foundation with rigorous coursework that will give you an advantage over many of your law school classmates.

The pre-law advisor will assist you with law school preparation and admission, while the program offers access to internships, guest speakers and law school visits.

Pre-Law Program

Small Class

Careers & Outcomes

Popular Careers

  • Attorney
  • Teacher
  • Journalist
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Political Campaign Staffer
  • Policy Analyst
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Communications Director
  • Lobbyist
  • Press Aide
  • Non-Profit Development Officer

Employers

  • Columbia University
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
  • University of Wisconsin-Stout
  • Marsy's Law for Pennsylvania
  • Glen Mills School (PA)
  • Susan B. Anthony List
  • Cleary Gottlieb
  • Lutz and Petty Law Offices
  • Luzerne County Public Defender's Office
  • Luzerne County District Attorney's Office
  • Berkshire Hathaway Guard Insurance

Graduate and Law Schools

  • Penn State Law
  • Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
  • Widener Law Commonwealth
  • Widener University - Delaware
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • NYU Law
  • American University Washington College of Law
  • Duquesne University School of Law
  • University of California-Irvine
  • Colorado State University
  • Temple University
  • Georgetown University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Villanova University

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