Program Summary

Focus on reasoning and political theory as you learn to analyze domestic politics and the politics of other nations. This online program can help prepare you for a career in the growing field of political science or provide background for graduate studies.

How To Apply
Apply by March 15 to start May 17

How To Apply 

Costs and Financial Aid

123 Credits $576/$617 per credit

Costs and Financial Aid 

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Maximize your career potential, transition to civilian life or prepare for graduate school with the online Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Penn State World Campus. This degree is designed for students who want to develop an in-depth understanding and engage in analysis of domestic politics, the politics of other nations, and political theory.

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.

Political Science Curriculum

Through extensive course work in political science, you will develop analytical reasoning and critical thinking skills while gaining substantive expertise in one or more areas of political science. This degree provides maximum flexibility when selecting classes, allowing you to tailor your program of study to suit your goals for specialized or general knowledge of politics and related fields. 

Upper-level courses in the political science program emphasize research-based writing projects that allow you to hone sought-after skills for employment in a variety of fields, including government, law, business, journalism, and the nonprofit sector. This degree also provides excellent background for graduate work in law, public policy, public administration, and political science. 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.

 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.

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