Shippensburg University, 40 miles from the state capital and 95 miles from the nation's capital, is well situated for the study of government. The university has an impressive government documents collection housed in the Ezra Lehman Memorial Library. The library also is home to the 8,000-volume Pennsylvania collection.
Shippensburg University's Political Science Department faculty all hold doctorates from major universities and most have practical experience outside the classroom, which allows networking connections and opportunities for guest lecturers - each brings diverse approaches to both academia and public policy. Undergraduate classes are taught by subject matter experts in public sector labor law, 20th century political ideology, policy analysis, and a range of other topics representing the full spectrum of academic political science.
With a low student to instructor ratio, students in the undergraduate political science program at Shippensburg University have the ability to learn from their professors directly. Collaboration between students is also encouraged with small class sizes.
Internships are strongly encouraged. Our students have worked in the offices of members of the US Congress and the Pennsylvania General Assembly. If you are interested in campaigns there are opportunities to work with candidates nearly every election cycle. Internships with national, state, and local government agencies and not-for-profit organizations are also an option.