College of Arts & Sciences
- Social Sciences Division
- Kapelski Learning Center, Room 226
- tel: 610-499-4365
- fax: 610-499-4603
Dr. J. Wesley Leckrone
- Chair, Political Science
- Kapelski 337
- tel: 610-499-4633
Political Science & International Relations
Political science majors study the various approaches to politics, delving beyond political science into economics and history. On the other hand, international relations majors experience a broad-based curriculum that includes politics, economics, history, anthropology, and foreign languages.
At Widener, students have the opportunity to experience politics and government processes through political lobbying, international simulations, and campus political engagement. Internships further add to the experience by placing students in real-world positions that enhance their skills and build their personal networks. Undergraduates are also able to take graduate classes in the master’s in public administration (MPA) program.
Graduates from Widener are successful in a variety of careers including business, public outreach, management, human resources, law, and government, among others. The analytical and negotiating skills, communication abilities, and administrative competence gained in the political science and international relations programs are strong life skills that can be applied to any career.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- City of Philadelphia
- City of Chester
- Delaware County
- University of Pennsylvania
- Hallowell & Branstetter, Political Consultants
- Widener University