Popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a FARCE or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: and a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
- James Madison
The Lehigh University major in political science is designed to promote not only an understanding of politics — ideas and ideals, perceptions and realities, institutions and processes — but also to develop skills in analyzing and evaluating social and political problems. Beyond the classroom, many political science professors are involved with student groups and current issue groups, and all faculty are readily available to talk with individual students. Detailed information and course descriptions may be found in the Course Catalog.
About the Major
The political science major encourages the study of the theories, processes, and institutions of government both at home and abroad which cultivates the ability to conceptualize and to think critically.
Facilities and Related Opportunities
The department commons room provides an informal atmosphere where students can read about current world political events and engage in discussions with other students and faculty.
Internship, Research, and Study Abroad Opportunities
The department offers a community politics internship every semester that includes opportunities for placement in either local government, private agencies of law offices. Political science students are also eligible to participate in the Washington Semester and the Philadelphia Urban Semester programs, which involve full-time, off-campus internship studies. Other experimental learning opportunities, such as honors projects and independent studies are available.
Five-Year Programs and Selected Double Majors
Political science is commonly a double major with economics, English, Philosophy or environmental sciences.
Pursuing a Career or Further Education
The undergraduate political science degree is appropriate training for law school, social sciences teaching, or work as a government official, party or civic leader, public affairs commentator, or staff member of a government research bureau. In addition, the private sector provides opportunities in areas such as banking, insurance, and marketing for B.A. graduates in the social sciences. Graduate study is also a natural extension of the undergraduate program.
About the Minor
The required Political Science Declaration Form can be found here. Forms can also be picked up in the political science office. If you have any questions, please contact Professor Richard Matthews at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mobilizing Social Movements
Nandini Deo has spent the past 10 years studying social movements in her native country of India. She started with the women’s movement for equal status. “If I hadn’t’ become a political scientist, I think I would have become a full time activist in the women’s movement. It makes sense to me,” says Deo, who has been at Lehigh for the past seven years.
This winter, Deo plans to publish "Mobilizing Religion and Gender in India,” a book that explores the effectiveness of feminism as a social movement with roots that stretch at least to the beginning of the 20th century.