The Department of Political Science at Penn State provides a select group of students pursuing doc­toral degrees with opportunities to develop their expertise as researchers and as teachers. The department is an intellectual community of approximately 50 graduate students and 30 full-time faculty members.

Our excellent faculty-to-student ratio and our notable success in securing funding from sources such as the National Science Foundation and Russell Sage Foun­dation, means that students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty on major research projects in a variety of specialties.

In addition, Ph.D. students have been hired at leading colleges and universities, as well as  by public and private sector employers.

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