Political science is a dynamic field of study that explores dimensions of power and the ways in which governmental systems shape and reflect ideas, norms, institutions, cultures and political behavior.

A commitment to engaged democratic citizenship--locally, nationally, globally--is core to the mission of our program. A majority of students engage in long or short term study abroad experiences and/or a wide variety of internships--volunteering for political campaigns, interning in legal offices and courts of law, or working for nonprofit organizations on issues such as immigration, reproductive rights and educational equality.

The program equips students with research concepts, theories and methods and tangible leadership qualities required for effective engagement in a globalized, interdependent world. All students undertake independent research in close mentoring relationships with program faculty.


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Our Curriculum

Our classes explore the most critical questions facing the contemporary world through student-focused inquiry. Why do states and nations struggle to develop? What is democracy and what are its challenges? How do public policies create and reflect ideas, norms and culture? How do social, economic, and political inequalities promote or hinder justice? How do individuals and groups participate in the political world? What causes political change? Why do institutions matter?

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Our Faculty

Our faculty are nationally recognized in the discipline of Political Science; their teaching and research include expertise in public opinion, sustainability and environmental studies, public health, public education, international relations, area studies, feminism and the study of gender, peace and conflict studies, critical race theory and theories of war and justice.


What's Happening in Political Science

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  • Academic Freedom Advocacy Week Runs May 2-7

    The 2020-2021 Center for Ethics program 'Engaging in Speech and Action' is collaborating with the Scholars at Risk program. Students will host a wide range of events to raise awareness about and advocate on behalf of scholars who have been imprisoned for their political beliefs around the world.

  • Muhlenberg College/Morning Call 2021 City of Allentown Resident Survey

    In the latest MCIPO poll, about 2 out of 3 adult residents of Allentown give the city a positive rating as a place to live, residents are divided on whether Mayor Ray O’Connell deserves reelection and a majority of residents give the city’s response to the COVID-19 a positive evaluation.

  • April 2021 Pennsylvania Public Health Poll

    The ninth annual Muhlenberg College Public Health Program Poll of Pennsylvanians examines issues that include the COVID-19 outbreak and the performance of President Biden’s handling of the pandemic, health care reform, heroin addiction, immunizations and marijuana legalization.