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Pursue Politics in Downtown Pittsburgh

Do you have a passion for politics? Our political science program gives you the flexibility to design a degree to meet your specific needs while preparing you for law school or a career in government, journalism, business or education.

Concentration Options

Our political science curriculum reflects a diverse liberal arts background and allows you to concentrate in one of the following areas:

  • Government and law
  • International studies

As a political science major, you'll be encouraged to complete internships, which will provide you with practical, real-world experience and give you a leg up as you enter your chosen career field.

Courses & Topics

You will receive a well-rounded education through our core curriculum and classes in the political science major including:

  • Trial Law and Procedure
  • Political Geography of the Middle East
  • American Foreign Policy
  • Nationalism
  • International Relations
  • International Law
  • Public Policy Issues
Pictured is political science alumnus Laier-Rayshon Smith.

In 2018, political science alumnus Laier-Rayshon Smith '15 received a full scholarship to attend Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he is a graduate assistant in the Master of Urban Planning program.

Faculty bring industry expertise and experience to the classroom.

Learn from judges, attorneys and government officials and walk to the courthouse to observe civil and criminal proceedings in progress.

Meet the faculty
Pictured is Bahman Homayoonfar, M.A., professor of political science and economics.
  • Worked in Iran as an editor and translator for a center of research in social studies
  • Research interets in the "state" in human political organizations and Utopian political literature
  • Presented on the topic of “Global Migration and its Impact on International Relations"

Career Options

With a political science degree, you will have the option to pursue various career opportunities, such as:

  • Archivist
  • Government Official
  • Politician
  • Lobbyist
  • Urban Planner
  • Law Enforcement Official
  • Writer
  • Journalist
  • Foreign Service Officer

Alumni Success

Learn where our graduates have gone on to build their political science careers.

More news & features
Pictured is political science alumna Ashleigh Henry.
"My bachelor’s degree provided me a foundation not only in substantive knowledge of government processes, but also a greater knowledge of the world around me."
Pictured is political science alumnus Anthony Costulas.
"Today, I work directly for Congress, and classes such as Constitutional Law and various American government courses I took while at Point Park helped provide me with tools that I use today. The professors in the political science program at Point Park were an incredible resource."

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