The Political Science Department is committed to providing its majors a rigorous and relevant education in the fundamentals of political inquiry necessary to informed citizenship. The Department provides its students with a strong grounding in each of the major sub-fields of Political Science – American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Thought – as well as with the analytic tools and approaches needed to be successful in their careers.
The approach of the Department is unique, reflecting not only our Lasallian mission, but also our commitment to giving students the kind of education that will benefit them in graduate school, law school, and throughout their career.
We believe that it is important to equip students not only to understand the world, but also to help students think critically and make choices in pursuit of “the good life.” Therefore, we emphasize high academic standards and encourage students to grapple with the original texts to improve their analytic ability.
We educate our students to express themselves through a variety of formats, but particularly through the written word. For this reason, all required courses for Political Science majors have a minimum writing requirement. And we encourage our students to become independent thinkers and to pursue their own lines of research, especially through their capstone Senior Seminar course.
We also fully support the University’s City as Classroom initiative and aim to take advantage of La Salle’s location in the city of Philadelphia to provide new intellectual, professional, and social opportunities for our students.
We support our students in integrating their education with the wider Lasallian mission of the University linking theory and practice. It is not surprising that our students are often leaders in community service, student government, and extra-curricular activities as well as participants in the University’s study abroad programs.
We help prepare our students for their careers by offering them a wide range of internship experiences, career days, campus speakers, and networking connections with our distinguished alumni.