Your gateway to careers in law, government and non-profits

With the Political Science major from Carlow University, you will explore questions about power: What it is, where does it come from, who exercises it, and how it is legitimized and challenged?

You will study governments, public policy and the political behavior of individuals and institutions. You will consider issues of control, freedom, gender and influence as you study and assess the manner in which power and authority have impacted the development and organization of societies, relations between and among nations, and the management of war and conflict. 

A degree  in Political Science provides you with a solid grasp of the American political system and other political systems within the context of global forces, international conflicts, social movements, ideological systems and diversity.

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Bachelor of  Arts


On campus, some online



Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

Political Science major curriculum

To complete a bachelor’s in political science, you will take courses in each of the four subfields of the discipline: American government, political theory, international relations and comparative politics; two courses in research methods; and a capstone project. Courses emphasize reflection, discussion, deliberation and intensive interactions between faculty members and students.

As a Political Science major you will complete foundational courses, a research methods sequence and 9 credits of elective courses in the discipline

Carlow’s political science program participates in the 3/3 BA/JD programs with the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University Schools of Law and the Early Assurance Program with the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and  International Affairs.

Quick Facts

  • Study American politics, comparative politics and international relations
  • Engage in discourse regarding the core political science concepts, organizations and models
  • Employ both quantitative and qualitative methods to examine relevant issues
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Alternate degree completion options

3-Year Degree

Finish your bachelor’s degree in three years by following a 3-year academic plan. Courses are taken across fall, spring and summer terms with summer courses completely online. When applying, indicate your interest in the 3-Year Degree option.


Fast track your way to a master’s by taking graduate courses as an undergraduate student. Course credits count toward both degrees. Apply for the accelerated option after your sophomore year.

Career opportunities for Political Science majors

The Political Science major prepares students for a wide range of careers in federal, state and local governments, law, business, international organizations, nonprofit associations and organizations, campaign management and polling, journalism, pre-collegiate education, electoral politics, research, and university and college teaching. 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects political scientists will hold about 6,000 jobs in 2024. The industries that employed the most political scientists in 2014 were the federal government (excluding the U.S. Postal Service), professional, scientific and technical services, and state, local and private educational services.

Admission requirements and application process

  • Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply.
  • Request that official transcripts from all current and previous institutions you’ve attended are sent directly to the Carlow University Office of Admissions.


Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

Political Science faculty

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this major, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

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