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Welcome to Political Science at Penn State

Whether studying election campaigns, government processes or court decisions, political science is a constantly changing, always exciting discipline. The Penn State Department of Political Science is a key player in those discussions because of its commitment to teaching, research, and service.

Our faculty members are leading scholars in American politics, international politics, comparative politics, and methodology who frequently collaborate with peers from other disciplines throughout the University. We strive to provide an array of experiences for our undergraduate and graduate students — and help them find jobs once they graduate. 

The Department of Political Science, as part of the College of the Liberal Arts is committed to maintaining a fearless and inclusive environment that supports an open and respectful exchange of ideas.

Ph.D. candidates on the job market