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  • College of Arts & Sciences

    • Social Sciences Division
    • Kapelski Learning Center, Room 226
    • tel: 610-499-4365
    • fax: 610-499-4603
  • Dr. J. Wesley Leckrone


Political Science & International Relations

Why Widener?

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Preparation for Law School

Combined with a minor in legal studies, both the political science and international relations majors give students a head start on law school. Faculty members provide special counseling in course selection and in the law school application process.

  • By special arrangement with Widener’s two law schools, political science majors may choose a 3 + 3 option whereby they use the first year at either Widener University Delaware Law School or Widener University Commonwealth Law School to complete the last year of their undergraduate degree in political science.
  • Students who graduate from Widener in the top 50 percent of their graduating class and achieve an LSAT score that meets or exceeds the median LSAT of the most recent entering class are guaranteed a seat in both of Widener’s law schools.
political engagement

Real-World Political and Civic Engagement

Clubs and organizations such as the Political Action Committee College Students Concerned by College Costs (CSC3), EuroSim (the model European Union simulation), Project Pericles, and the Widener University Political Awareness Club (WUPAC) all provide opportunities for students to engage at the political and community levels. Interested students also have the opportunity to participate in Student Lobby Day in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to discuss topics of concern with elected officials.

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Interactions with Faculty

Students build strong working relationships with faculty through small class sizes, faculty–student research projects, and trips and activities outside of the classroom. Some recent research projects conducted by faculty and students include the analysis of policy implementation at the state level and an examination of the role of ethnic political parties in Serbia and Macedonia. These relationships with faculty distinguish a Widener education from that offered at larger institutions. 

  • Kim A. Brown '05
  • Hugh O. Allen
Kim A. Brown '05

Kim A. Brown


Once I was immersed in the curriculum, I couldn't imagine studying anything else. I fell in love with political theory and enjoyed the lively debates that often broke out in our class discussions. Through my years at Widener, I not only learned how to be a critical thinker and effective communicator, but, more importantly, I learned how to be an engaged citizen.  

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Hugh O. Allen

Hugh O. Allen


A liberal arts education prepares you not only in the subject area you study, but more importantly how to understand and breakdown complex topics from multiple vantage points while strengthening your communications skills. These are invaluable skills no matter what you choose to do in life.

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Widener University actively promotes civil political discourse both in and out of the classroom by providing opportunities for students to interact, voice opinions, and stay politically engaged. Learn more. Debate footage courtesy of C-SPAN, video produced by Student Intern Chase Morrison.

Potential Careers

  • Business owner or corporate executive
  • Public administration
  • Policy analyst
  • State legislator or legislative aide
  • Legal professional
  • Political consultant
  • Nonprofit management
  • Public outreach officer
  • Campaign manager
  • Lobbyist

Recent Employers

  • City of Philadelphia
  • City of Chester
  • Delaware County
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Hallowell & Branstetter, Political Consultants
  • Widener University