Political Science & International Relations

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William Watson, Ph.D.
Professor of History
wwatson@immaculata.edu
610-647-4400 ext. 3491

History, Political Science, and International Relations Department website

Program Overview

Majoring in Political Science and International Relations at Immaculata will give you an understanding of the relationship of the past to the present, helping you comprehend the complexity of contemporary national and international issues.

You'll be introduced to different political theories of liberty and justice. You will learn how to engage in research and interpretation, and you'll write a senior thesis about a specific issue in political science. You'll become knowledgeable about different political issues, and you'll learn to make informed responses to the human condition and to appreciate the influence of the many cultures of our human heritage.

Program Highlights

  • Gain valuable experience interning with local, state and federal governmental agencies, law firms and private industry.
  • Listen to outside speakers on various topics in history and politics.  In recent years, Immaculata has hosted talks by several outstanding speakers, including historian John Lukacs and Pulitzer prize-winner David McCullough.
  • Participate in the College Republicans or College Democrats societies.
  • Study abroad and get international experience.

Career Potential

Your background in politics and international relations will prepare you to analyze and address numerous public challenges. Your training and field experience will position you to deal with issues such as education, law and criminal justice, homeland security, management of environmental resources, demographics and immigration, urban planning and transportation. 

Career options include:

  • Employment in local, state, or national government
  • Non-profit organizations and advocacy groups
  • Print media and broadcast journalism
  • Corporations responding to government regulations
  • Social services

Our graduates have been hired in a variety of arenas—lawyers, paralegals, investigators and translators in law firms; regulatory and compliance officers in financial firms and other corporations; employees in major non-profits such as museums and health and community organizations; government agency workers in county and state court systems and police and fire services; and teachers in secondary school classrooms in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Connecticut.

 

Curriculum

See the course sequence sheet for the Political Science and International Relations major.

Internships

Your internship will allow you to explore the legal system or the work of government or social services agencies. Our faculty work hard to help students turn their internships into jobs after graduation.

In recent years, our students have held internships at state and federal legislatures, presidential election campaigns, financial firms, the National Constitution Center, local law offices, the Office of the Chester County Commissioners, the Juvenile Parole Office of Chester County, the Foreign Policy Research Institute, the Narcotics Division of the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, and the Smithsonian Institution.

Learning Outcomes

When you successfully complete your Political Science and International Relations major at Immaculata, you will be able to:

  • Analyze the history, problems, and functions of U.S. federal, state, and local government
  • Understand concepts in international relations, such as the balance of power, negotiation, sovereignty, national interest, and foreign policy decision-making
  • Examine American public policies in health care, economics, environmental regulation, welfare, and crime
  • Use historical sources, including primary documents, secondary interpretations, literature and art, and quantitative data
  • Evaluate major debates among political scientists

 

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