Political science, at its core, looks at the distribution of power: in world capitals, between states and in our everyday lives. The Department of Politics at Drexel University offers a curriculum that is focused on rigorous methods training, and is taught by professors who integrate their award-winning research into their classes. We are committed to providing opportunities for students to learn not only in the classroom, but also beyond it: through Community-Based-Learning courses, undergraduate research opportunities and interdisciplinary work.
Drexel’s political science curriculum begins with a focus on methods training. Students take a basic course in the fundamentals of research and research design in their freshman year, and progress to upper-level classes in both quantitative and qualitative training. Our research methods sequence prepares students to design and execute their own projects, inspired by whatever political problems intrigue them. This sequence also prepares students for a variety of careers; students are taught how to gather, analyze and interpret statistics, how to conduct interviews and how to use archives and other research material to thoroughly analyze political problems.
To maximize the research & impact of our faculty, the Department of Politics is broken into two primary research clusters.
"The classes are relatively small, which makes the political science community more tight-knit and like a (very intelligent) family."
BA Political Science '16
Our students are well equipped to ask and answer political science questions, regardless of which research methods they employ. Recent student research projects have included examining how the funding rules of the United Nations have changed over time, assessing the effects of climate change on urban politics, and exploring viable options for turning Philadelphia into an energy hub city.
Students also complete elective courses in political science, giving each student the chance to specialize in topics that interest him or her, and preparing them for their career goals. Many of our students go on to earn law and graduate degrees in political science. Others have gone on to work in the non-profit and academic sectors; on political campaigns and in state legislatures; or conduct research for think tanks; open their own businesses; or make documentary films. Our students have taken very divergent paths — proof that a political science degree opens many doors!
Pi Sigma Alpha, Drexel University’s Political Science Honors Society, is a part of the National PSA Honor Society.
To be eligible for Honors, students must have completed at least four upper-level political science classes, with a minimum of a B average in political science. They must also place in the top one-third of their class overall.
For more details on Political Science Honors, email George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD (firstname.lastname@example.org) our faculty supervisor for Honors.
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