Political Science and Public Policy

Penn State Harrisburg's Political Science and Public Policy program offerings are intended for students interested in politics, government, policy issues and analysis, or public administration. Penn State Harrisburg is the only Penn State location outside of University Park to offer both of these majors.

Political Science is the academic study of governments, public policies and political behavior. The major is designed for students interested in domestic and foreign policy issues, politics, public administration, and related areas like policy analysis and policy advocacy. Political scientists use both scientific skills and humanistic perspectives to study political decision-making in the United States and other countries and regions of the world.

The Public Policy major is designed for students interested in policy issues, politics, public administration, and related areas like policy analysis and policy advocacy. The program explores a myriad of critical issues facing our communities, the nation, and the world. The program provides students the foundation for careers in the public sector, in government-related businesses, and in non-profit organizations, as well as for graduate work in the fields of law, public administration, criminal justice, public policy, political science, and health care administration.

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