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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 & Civic Engagement, Political Science & International Relations

Program Highlight

group of students in a crowd talking to a politician

Student Lobby Day

In Harrisburg, PA, students met with state officials to advocate for middle income student debt relief. “[That experience] gave me a great baseline for what a career on Capitol Hill might be like,” said senior political science major Andrea Stickley.

Political science and international relations majors are a natural fit for individuals looking to engage politically and civically. 

Through internships, clubs, activities, and organizations, students have the opportunity to engage in politics on campus, in the city of Chester, in Philadelphia, and abroad.

Internships give students invaluable experience in potential careers, while participation in the political and civic life of the communities around them and in other countries provides students with experiences and connections that stay with them throughout their lives and careers. 


EuroSim, a four-day simulation of the governing process of the European Union, provides hands-on experience in international negotiations and policy-making. Students interact with other students from around the world and often travel abroad as simulation sites alternate between American and European institutions.

See Flickrfor photos from EuroSim

College Students Concerned by College Costs (CSC3)

College Students Concerned by College Costs began during the fall 2012 semester as a Super PAC dedicated to the nonpartisan issue of higher education costs. Dr. Wes Leckrone formed the Super PAC with his freshmen honors students to help them understand the election process in a more in-depth and experiential way. Subsequent classes and interested students have taken the reins to ensure that the Super PAC’s website stays up to date and those issues related to college costs remain part of the discussion at Widener.

Widener University Political Engagement Committee

Through participation and cooperation with the Political Engagement Committee, the Political Science Department is involved with several political engagement activities on campus. Project Pericles gives students access to exclusive educational opportunities that help them develop their civic engagement and advocacy skills. The department also participates in Student Lobby Day in Harrisburg and hosts a Debate Watch for presidential and gubernatorial debates and panel discussions on timely issues.

See Flickr for photos from Debate Watch.

Widener University Political Awareness Club (WUPAC)

WUPAC is a student-founded and student-run club that focuses on bringing awareness to political issues at home in the U.S. as well as abroad. The club co-sponsored “Je suis Charlie! We are not afraid!” a panel discussion on the Paris attacks and organized a trip to the Constitution Center in Philadelphia. It also sponsors movie nights and runs voter registration drives.  

Student Lobby Day

Widener students annually participate in Student Lobby Day organized by the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania. They travel to Harrisburg, PA, to discuss issues of concern with elected officials. The day provides students with an introduction to lobbying, and the preparation period encourages students to dive deeper into many pressing issues facing society. They emerge with true experience in and an appreciation for the democratic process.

See Flickr for photos from a recent Student Lobby Day.