Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

The Lincoln Memorial honors famous politician Abraham Lincoln

Maximize your career potential, transition to civilian life or prepare for graduate school with the online bachelor of arts degree in political science from Penn State World Campus. If you have an interest in politics, foreign affairs, public policy, or issues like health care, the environment, or immigration, this program can help you develop an advanced understanding of both American politics and the politics of other nations, international relations, and political theory.

With your political science degree from Penn State World Campus, you can work for nonprofit organizations or local, state, or federal government — or apply for further study in graduate school.

Flexible, Convenient Education That Fits Your Life

Penn State's online political science program offers the convenience of studying around your busy personal and professional schedule. Whether you are a parent, professional, or active-duty military or veteran, the flexibility of this degree means that you do not have to stop working — or travel to campus.

Apply Your Knowledge Immediately

Throughout the political science course work you will be encouraged to develop your analytical reasoning skills while developing and testing theories and analyzing data for sound decision making. Many of the courses in the political science program emphasize research-based writing projects and can provide you with knowledge that you can apply immediately in your current career.

The analytical and research-intensive curriculum of the program can also give you an advantage outside the political arena, in fields such as journalism, market research and financial research. If you are a military student, this degree can help you expand your knowledge and refine your skills to advance your career as a civilian in the government or within the military.

With this degree you can also pursue graduate studies in fields such as homeland security, community and economic development, public administration, or law school.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

  • government agencies
  • nongovernmental organizations
  • regulatory entities
  • journalism
  • broadcasting and reporting
  • market or financial research
  • public relations
  • international relations
  • foreign services

Online Education at Penn State

Penn State has a history of 100+ years of distance education and more than a decade of experience in online learning. We create an online learning environment that offers you the same quality education our residential students experience in a face-to-face setting. Learn more about Penn State World Campus