Program Summary

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Gain Practical Knowledge

Prepare yourself to apply technical expertise in quantitative analysis and research design, and substantive knowledge of politics to a variety of careers in government and business with the Bachelor of Science in Political Science offered online by Penn State World Campus. Develop practical skills through course work in political science, statistics, and computer science that you can apply immediately to your current career.

An Online Degree in Political Science

The B.S. in Political Science allows you the flexibility and convenience of earning your degree online. 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.

Your B.S. in Political Science Curriculum

The Bachelor of Science degree synthesizes coursework in the social sciences with supplementary coursework in mathematics, statistics, and computer science to give you a unique blend of expertise and technical knowledge that can be useful to a variety of careers in and outside of government. Upper-level political science courses give you the opportunity to apply research and analytic skills to address problems and questions in the areas of domestic politics and the politics of other nations. A research practicum or an internship allows students in this degree program to gain practical experience and additional skills training.

In this program, you will have the opportunity to study with highly regarded faculty from Penn State's College of the Liberal Arts, one of the premier institutions in the world to study and work in the liberal arts disciplines.

National Political Science Honor Society – Alpha Iota Omega World Campus Chapter

The mission of the honors society is to promote excellence in the study of political science, government, and international and public affairs. Members have access to networking, grants, awards, scholarships, and other opportunities.