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Political Science

The Political Science major provides students with an understanding of the past and of contemporary political, constitutional, economic, social, cultural, and international issues. This major increases awareness in political consciousness, assesses significant trends and patterns in politics, explores contemporary political institutions and constitutional issues, and provides a better foundation upon which to solve contemporary problems.

The Political Science Program

Majors experience government through multi-media resources, small group discussions, lectures, projects, internships, and other methods. Career opportunities are available in academia, government, public service, public administration, law, business, communications, journalism, historical organizations, libraries, museums, archives, research, writing, publications, preservation, restoration, and related areas.

3+3 Program with Drake University School of Law

William Penn University is proud to partner with Drake University School of Law for the 3+3 Program with a major in any field of study. This program allows you to earn an undergraduate degree from William Penn and your law degree from Drake University School of Law in six years. While attending Drake University, you will receive an additional $5,000 scholarship each year towards your tuition.


You will be qualified for the following positions as a graduate of the Political Science program:

  • Campaign Staff member
  • Corporate Adviser for Governmental Relations
  • Environmental Policy Analyst
  • Immigration Officer
  • Intelligence Agency Officer
  • Lobbyist
  • Political Commentator
  • State Legislator


Michael Collins, Ph.D

Social and Behavioral Sciences Division Chair, Professor of Sociology 641-673-1393

Brooke Sherrard, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of History 641-673-1350 Email


The Student Government Association is a student run council with seven officers representing students on campus. SGA is behind the budget decisions of other clubs, keeping up with group service projects, services on the judicial board, and promotes opportunities for student involvement.


Penn Hall

As one of the oldest buildings on the university campus, Penn Hall has undergone several transformations over the years; both structurally and functionality. Classrooms are located on all four stories, along with administrative offices located on the second level. All classrooms are easily accessible and are equipped with the tools and technology needed for students to be successful.

  • Administrative Offices
  • Chemistry Lab
  • Classrooms
  • Computer Lab
  • IS Help Desk
  • Service Center & Mail Room


The following is a list of courses you will take as a Political Science student:

Political Science Courses

  • PLSC 100 International Relations
  • PLSC 125 United States National Government
  • PLSC 230 Congress and the Presidency
  • PLSC 390 History/Government Practicum
  • PLSC Electives