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Political Science, International Concentration, BA

A Bachelor of Arts in Political Science prepares you for a variety of careers in government and government relations as well as law or graduate school. The international concentration provides you with the opportunity to add a significant level of specialization to your degree.

What Will I Learn?

In addition to understanding the foundations and dynamics of world politics, you will build skills that will help them succeed in several career tracks. The Political Science Department primarily focuses on three transferable skills:

  • Professional communication
  • Analysis
  • Research

These skills prepare you for career growth, not just an entry-level position.

The substantial material of the program provides you with the background to succeed in careers internationally by contemplating different perspectives and cross-cultural interchanges. The core classes introduce you to world politics and international relations. You will learn about data analysis and clear professional expression in writing and through speech. Later in your coursework, you will receive advanced training in research and writing.

Seth Edwards

Meet Seth Edwards

“The Political Science Department is one of endless knowledge, experience and wisdom. Whether you plan to run for office, join the Peace Corps or anything in between, you will benefit from the welcoming professors and invaluable classes that will leave you thinking critically and eager to return.”

How Seth Found Success at Ship

What are the requirements for this degree?

In addition to other degree requirements, this concentration requires 24 credits in the international track.


Minors really depend on your personal interest, but these are typical minors for students in this major:

  • History
  • English
  • Economics

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

This program provides you with skills that can be applied to any professional setting. Our alumni, as lifelong learners, go on to have careers working in these areas and more:

  • Law
  • Public sector government relations
  • Department of Defense

After completing this program, many of our students choose to further their education in master's programs.

What Career Outcomes Do Alumni Have With This Degree?

A list of of the top job titles for Political Science alumni
The estimated salary for Political Science alumni

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have?

Your classroom experience is complemented by internships, field trips, in-class simulations, nationally-known speakers and job shadowing. Study abroad opportunities are also available and can benefit your academic journey in this concentration.

You can also join the Political Science Club to connect and engage in the debate about politics and current events. Members of the club organize and participate in non-partisan political activities, take field trips to Washington, D.C., and become involved in fun events relating to the world of politics. Ship also has an active chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society.

Contact the Political Science Department 424 Grove Hall, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1718