Undergraduate Program

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.

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. Detailed information and course descriptions many be found in the Course Catalog.

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. The World-View Room provides international news broadcasts on a large-screen television in an environment conducive to discussion.

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 program, 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. Once a student has taken three political science courses, s/he may declare a minor. If you have any questions, please contact Professor Brian L Fife at blf218@lehigh.edu