Josh Wilson '15

Josh Wilson '15

Political junkie

"This summer, I'm going to intern in D.C. again. I'm really excited because I will be applying what I'm studying to the real world."

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Average number of majors per class year.

Career Paths

Political science majors find employment in a variety of careers. Recent graduates work as congressional aides, serve in the Peace Corps, and have positions in law firms, banks, corporations, and nonprofit organizations.

Many graduates attend law school, business school, or graduate school in public administration, international relations or political science.

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Don’t let talking heads and internet commenters do your thinking for you. Understand the complex workings of the political world so you can be proficient when it comes to questions about justice, social institutions and conflict.

Understand how international and domestic factors create opportunities and constraints for political leadership. And get the background you'll need for a career in law, journalism, public service, international organizations, teaching, business - or wherever you see yourself making a difference.

Did You Know?

Bucknell’s political science program deals with internal and global politics in the United States and in other societies around the world.

Majors take one core course in each of four subfields: American politics, comparative politics, political theory and international politics.

Students learn to think critically about options, form well-reasoned arguments and express ideas lucidly and persuasively in verbal and written form.

Bucknell is a member of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), which gives both students and faculty access to an immense data bank drawn from all around the world.

Related interdisciplinary majors such as Latin American studies or international relations give students more options for study.

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Christopher Ellis

Assistant Professor

Christopher Ellis

When the public moves to the left, policy usually follows suit and vice versa. This doesn't happen all the time, but at least in broad strokes we are seeing democracy work in sort of the way we would hope it would.

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Study Abroad

Make the World Your Campus

Students can earn political science credit through approved study abroad programs. About half of our majors study abroad, and in recent years have studied in, among other countries: Ireland, Austria, the United Kingdom, Egypt, China, Brazil, Italy, Belgium, France, Spain, and South Africa.

Internships

Real-World Experience

Bucknell's political science department has its own program of state and local internships through a course that integrates in-class work, independent research and real-world work experience. The Career Development Center also helps students pursue internships through the Capitol Hill Internship Program and the Bucknell Public Interest Program, which foucs on careers in the non-profit and public service sectors.

Undergraduate Research

Research and Honors Projects

Bucknell's political science students often engage in independent research projects in close collaboration with a faculty mentor. Recent research and honors projects include:

  • U.S. Senators: Can They Keep a Promise? (honors thesis)
  • Faces of Development: An Exhibition of Life in Benares, India as a Result of the Neoliberal World Order (honors thesis)
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