Political Science

Bachelor of Arts

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Bucknell's political science program prepares you to work for change in the world. Our majors have opportunities to conduct faculty-guided research backed by the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy and the Bucknell Center for Social Science Research.

Nearly half our majors study abroad in countries like Egypt, Brazil, France and South Africa. Our undergraduates gain real-world experience through internship programs that place them on Capitol Hill and with public-service organizations around the world.

Our graduates have careers in government and nonprofits, serve in the Peace Corps, and hold jobs in law firms, banks and corporations. Wherever you want to make a difference, we can give you the tools to get there.

Degree Programs

Bucknell political science majors can choose to major in one of four subfields: American politics, comparative politics, political theory and international politics. Students can also minor in those areas, or in general political science.

Major & Minor Requirements

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Conduct Research Supported by On-Campus Institutes

Bucknell is home to two institutes that provide support and faculty guidance to students interested in conducting social science research. The Bucknell Institute for Public Policy (BIPP) provides qualified summer research fellows with $3,000 grants and housing to support full-time, faculty-guided projects.

These culminate in presentations at the Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium or another approved venue.

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The Center for Social Science Research (CSSR) provides students with grounding in the fundamental methodologies of social science field research. The center trains students to create deep connections with community field sites, ensuring that students have the tools they need to take on community-based research after they leave Bucknell.

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Political Science

Location

221 Academic West Building