Welcome to the Graduate Programs in Political Science!
The Department of Political Science at Penn State provides a select group of students pursuing doctoral degrees with opportunities to develop their expertise as both researchers and teachers. The department is an intellectual community of approximately fifty graduate students and thirty full-time faculty members. Our excellent faculty-to-student ration, as well as our notable success in securing funding from organizations such as the National Science Foundation and Russell Sage Foundation, mean that students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty on major research projects in a variety of specialties. We also support students in their efforts to develop their own original research agendas through rigorous training in course work, and through financial assistance for travel to professional conferences, for participation in special summer workshops, and for the conduct of their own research. Graduate students in Political Science also acquire valuable experience and training as teachers by serving as teaching assistants, and by instructing their own undergraduate courses after they reach advanced status.
Our students receive the opportunities and training they need to undertake professional research, to publish, and to teach at research universities and excellent Liberal Arts colleges. As a result, Penn State doctoral students have been very successful in securing tenure track positions upon completion of their doctoral degrees.
Professor James Piazza
Director of Graduate Studies
Graduate Staff Coordinator