Students in Political Science courses study questions about justice, conflict, social institutions, and all aspects of collective decision-making in political entities. Courses cover politics in the U.S. and most regions of the world, and address countries' internal politics as well as interactions on a global level.
- The political science program offers an appreciation of the complexity and subtlety of politics across the globe.
- Students learn to think critically about options, form well-reasoned arguments, and express ideas lucidly and persuasively in verbal and written form.
- The program offers a personal learning environment in which students can debate ideas with faculty mentors and conduct special research projects under their guidance.
- Students acquire the creative and analytical skills and the knowledge that form the foundation of a strong liberal arts education.
- Political science provides the background needed for careers in law, journalism, government service, international organizations, teaching, and business.
- At twelve members, Bucknell's Political Science department is considerably larger than those of most liberal arts colleges, providing students with broad exposure to specialized interests within the discipline.
- Like at larger universities, Bucknell professors are active, publishing scholars; however, their teaching is focused on undergraduate education.
- Students can choose from a wide variety of courses as they plan their program of study.
- Related interdisciplinary majors such as Latin American studies or international relations give students more options of study.
- Small classes and individual attention give students a key advantage in their preparation for graduate school and/or careers.
- Opportunities for study abroad and other special programs do much to enhance a student’s educational experience.