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Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

The BA in Political Science at Drexel University combines rigorous methods training with issue-specific courses , in which students students apply their methodological training to real-world problems. While all students will have the opportunity to specialize their plan of study, the core of our program is a sequence of three courses in research design and methodology.

Students begin by focusing on the research process and framing of social science questions through designing research and testing hypotheses. Students then progress to advanced courses in both statistical inference and other quantitative methods in political science, and in-depth training in qualitative methods such as archival work, ethnographic studies and interviews.

In addition to political science coursework, students complete four quarters (one full year) of language study, which complements our research methodology training, enabling our students to ask questions and conduct research beyond borders.

All students also have the opportunity to specialize their coursework by following one of the informal “tracks” of study detailed below. These three tracks reflect our research and teaching strengths, and are designed to prepare students for a variety of career paths.

American Politics & Policy (APP)

American politics and policy considers the relationships between public opinion, legislative representation, and policy-making in democratic entities. This track includes courses on American political processes (such as public opinion, state and local politics, political parties), specific areas of public policy (such as immigration policy or urban public policy), and theory courses dealing with democratic theory, representation, and participation. The APP track is most appropriate for students looking ahead to law school or a graduate degree in American politics, as well as for students planning for careers in electoral politics and campaigns, public administration, public policy or government.

International Politics (IP)

International Politics incorporates both the traditional comparative and international relations sub-fields, as well as comparative theory courses. This track includes courses that explore the politics of marginalized people, social movements, inter-state war, intra-state civil war, the politics of specific countries or regions (i.e. contemporary China, the European Union), international organizations, and comparative public policy. Courses are also offered that introduce theoretical approaches to colonialism and its legacies, globalization, and human rights, among other topics. The IP track is most appropriate for students who wish to attend law school to focus on international law or graduate school to pursue studies in international relations, as well as students who seek careers in international business, the foreign service, or international organizations like the United Nations or the World Bank.

Law & Politics (LP)

The Law and Politics track looks at the relationships between judicial institutions and other political and social actors, both nationally and internationally. Courses are offered in American constitutional law and judicial politics, the comparative politics of legal institutions across countries and regions, and the legal strategies of social movements, such as the movements for civil rights, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, indigenous peoples’ rights, etc. The LP track is most appropriate for students considering law school, and for those whose research interests include judicial politics, as well as students who seek careers in civil society organizations.

Learn more about the degree in the Course Catalog


Honors

Pi Sigma Alpha, Drexel University’s Political Science Honors Society, is a part of the National PSA Honor Society.

To be eligible for Honors, students must have completed at least four upper-level political science classes, with a minimum of a B average in political science. They must also place in the top one-third of their class overall.

For more details on Political Science Honors, contact George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD, at gjc43@drexel.edu our faculty supervisor for Honors.