At Widener, understanding how government affects our daily lives is at the core of our curriculum. We combine innovative experiential learning opportunities and traditional classroom work to help you create the change you want. You'll learn to apply knowledge of political systems to issues that most interest you, like:
Law and society
There are so many opportunities to study what you're passionate about. We offer a flexible curriculum that allows a variety of minors or double majors. When you graduate, you won't just start your career. You'll continue the work you've been doing all along.
Your journey to a powerful future starts at Widener. With our flexible curriculum and variety of options you are sure to find the path that's right for you.
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Political science majors can participate in the following pathways:
The accelerated BA/MPA program enables high achieving undergraduate political science majors to begin fulfilling requirements for a master's degree in public administration while completing the bachelor's degree. You can get both degrees in just five years.
You can get a law degree in 6 years at either of the Widener Law Schools if you qualify for the 3+3 Program.
You'll have the opportunity to travel with faculty to gain hands-on political experience in Europe, Washington D.C., Harrisburg, Philadelphia and more. Our flexible curriculum and professors' personal mentoring help you out along the way, and prepare you for the future.
High Impact Practices and Research
Before you graduate, you'll participate in high impact practices that help you learn the research and communications skills to prepare for the job market. An individualized senior research poster presentation, internship, semester abroad, or community political engagement project are all experiences that put political science majors on the inside track.
Our faculty drive every student they teach toward personal and professional success. The small class sizes mean personal attention for you. Here, you'll find your second family in professors and classmates.
"My attraction to Widener came from the culture and practices of the departments I teach in. I immediately felt at home with the benefits of the small class sizes, which create a department culture that truly emphasizes an open-door policy, student-faculty collaborative research, and a significant interaction between students and professors."
"Our students care about furthering positive outcomes in society. My goal in the classroom is to help them do this by building managerial and leadership skills that improve work performance in the near term and aid career advancement."
Associate Professor J. Wesley Leckrone has co-edited “Pennsylvania Politics and Policy: A Commonwealth Reader Volume 2,” a book that explores important issues in Pennsylvania politics in a constructive, nonpartisan manner.
When comparing costs, we encourage you to look beyond sticker price. Since Widener is a private institution, we’re able to offer financial assistance that brings our exceptional education within reach.
Our financial aid team takes the guessing game out of applying for financial aid. To determine your financial aid package, including scholarships and grants, apply and complete the financial aid process. You might be surprised at how much we can offer in assistance.
Next steps to apply
Applying online has never been easier—and it’s free! We also accept the Common Application. Take the next step toward joining the Widener Pride.