The undergraduate program in Political Science is grounded within the liberal arts tradition of Carlow University and the Mercy mission of social justice. The program's mission, encapsulated in "scholarship, citizenship, leadership," is committed to educating students who see themselves as part of the political process, both as citizens and as scholars. Students can engage in political issues through research, discussion, and coursework across the principal areas of political science: American government, international and comparative politics, and political theory. Citizenship is developed through internships and programming, which provide students with opportunities to participate in applied politics locally and globally. 

The objectives of the program are to:
  • Provide a comprehensive background in the discipline
  • Develop critical & mindful thinking
  • Create informed and reflective citizens
  • Develop analytical reasoning & persuasive communication skills
  • Provide opportunities to engage in "practical politics"
The curriculum represents the standard program of study for the discipline. First- and second-year students are required to complete introductory courses in: American politics, comparative politics or international relations, and political theory. In the junior and senior years, students are required to complete a research methods sequence and internship capstone experience. Carlow students have interned with the: World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, Global Pittsburgh, Peace Corps, YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh, Denny Civic Solutions, as well as numerous political campaigns.

Highly qualified students have the option of pursuing a B.A./J.D. degree program with either the University of Pittsburgh or Duquesne University Schools of Law or receiving early acceptance - with scholarship aid - into select graduate programs of the University of Pittsburgh.

You can keep up with the activities of the department by joining our Facebook page: Carlow University Political Science Department.

Programs and Degrees in Political Science:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Bachelor of Arts/Juris Doctor (3/3 program)

  • Political Science
  • Public Policy
  • Pre-Law

If you'd like to learn more about our Political Science program, let us know!



Allyson Lowe, dean of the College of Leadership and Social Change, was among five Carlow professors featured in Pittsburgh Magazine as the city's best.