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A degree in political science at RMU is for students interested in politics, government, law, international relations, and foreign affairs, and provides a broad education with a solid grounding in social sciences and the major areas within political science. 

The program has many advantages: the flexibility to focus on American politics, law, or international affairs through electives in the major; open electives which enable students to choose a minor if they wish and other courses tailored to their interests; engaging classes taught by dedicated faculty with small class sizes; as well as an attention not just to national and international politics, but also to Pennsylvania politics as well. 

Political Science Career Options

With a degree in political science from Robert Morris University, you will be prepared to build a successful career in many areas including: attorney, city manager, community organizer, FBI agent, foreign service officer, government affairs officer, grants administrator, journalist, legislative analyst, lobbyist, news correspondent, paralegal, politician, public administrator, public relations specialist, urban regional planner

Below is a typical four-year course of study for political science students, including major requirements and some electives. Your own schedule will vary based on your own interests and concentration.

FRESHMAN/Fall Semester FRESHMAN/Spring Semester
Reading and Writing Strategies or
Intercultural Communication
Argument and Research
Sociology American National Government
Intro to Political Science Decision Support Systems
World Geography
Humanities: Art and Music General Psychology
SOPHOMORE/Fall Semester SOPHOMORE/Spring Semester
Public Speaking/Persuasion Business/Professional Comm.
Comp/Contem Pol Systems
Criminal Law & Evidence
Statistics Microeconomies
Macroeconomics US History II
US History I
Open Elective
JUNIOR/Fall Semester JUNIOR/Spring Semester
International Relations
The Constitution
Political Throught
American Foreign Policy
Science Elective Early American History Course
Pennsylvania History
Pennsylvania Politics
Open Elective Open elective
SENIOR/Fall Semester SENIOR/Spring Semester
Practicum Senior Thesis
American Political
American Presidency
Open Elective Open Elective
Open Elective Open Elective
Open Elective Open Elective

Internship Opportunities

Students complete an internship at sites such as: the U.S. Congress, State Department, political campaigns, the Pennsylvania General Assembly, the Peace Corps, local offices of elected officials, foreign embassies, think tanks, advocacy groups, municipal governments, law firms, lobbying and public relations firms, and trade unions.

Through learning opportunities that are continually improved and updated, we provide enhanced opportunities to clear the way for our students’ success. In addition, our academic departments and programs have close ties with professional communities, providing valuable connections for our students.

Our programs support the intellectual, social, and personal development of students. They also prepare individuals through the integration of technology, effective communication skills, and the application of theory into practice. This is completed through the integration of internships and practicums, which provide real-world experiences for all majors. Overall, students will experience a dynamic combination of in-class and exciting engagement opportunities that fully prepare them for the many challenges that classroom teachers and applied psychology/social science working professionals manage on a daily basis.

The School of Education and Social Sciences faculty is comprised of caring individuals who accept the responsibility for educating the "whole" student at RMU.  Consequently, our faculty members are specialists in their areas of expertise who effectively implement sound instructional practices when teaching and just as importantly, they engage students in a variety of purposeful enrichment activities outside the classroom setting.  As all faculty possess related work experience as practitioners in the field, such as principals, superintendents, teachers, researchers, authors, psychologists, counselors, etc., students learn from them first-hand what it takes to succeed. 

Scholarships are available based upon academic achievement. 

For freshmen, high school grade point average and ACT/SAT scores are used. For transfer students, the cumulative grade point average of all college courses is used. Scholarships range from $1000 per year up to full tuition. (To calculate your scholarship eligibility, click here.)

Higher education is an investment in your future. 

At Robert Morris University, we will work closely with you to show you how to finance your education through a combination of need-based financial aid, scholarships, and financing strategies to make your education attainable. RMU has one of the lowest tuition rates of all private institutions in the state, but we know that financing your education can be complicated, and your family might need help in understanding your options. 

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