As a political science major at La Salle, you’ll receive a rigorous and relevant education in the fundamentals of political inquiry. Our goal is to turn you into highly capable professionals and informed citizens. The Political Science department provides 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. We encourage our political science majors to become independent thinkers and pursue their own lines of research. Our faculty believes that it’s necessary to equip students with the knowledge not only to understand the world, but also to think critically and make choices in pursuit of “the good life.”
The approach of the Political Science department is unique, reflecting not only our Lasallian mission but also on our commitment to give students the kind of education that will benefit them in graduate school, law school, and throughout their career. As a political science major, students will not only receive a top-notch education in line with the Lasallian mission, but also numerous opportunities to learn through internships and political activism.
This course provides an introduction to the history and issues associated with the movement for women’s political equality. Topics include: women’s suffrage, equal protection and the ERA, job discrimination, and women in political campaigns and elected offices.
This course examines the influence of the mass media on the American political process. Emphasis is placed on the role of the media in campaigns and elections.
This course offers an analysis of the increasing functional obsolescence of the nation state under the pressures of transnational problems such as drugs, AIDS, and the environment. The emergence of regional and international organizations such as the European Union, the Organization of African States, and the Association of South East Asian Nations to meet these challenges are also addressed.
Faculty in the Political Science Department host and participate in a number of events throughout the year for our majors and the wider La Salle community. Among these events are the annual Constitution Day Panel, the Lasallian Forum for Politics and Policy, film nights, and election night parties.
Backed by their ability to research, think critically, make evidence-based arguments, and address political and policy issues, students will be competent and prepared to handle their chosen careers. Our graduates have found themselves in high-level government positions, nonprofits, institutions of higher learning, and more. Our students have participated in internships or received jobs at:
Upon coming to La Salle, Ludmille Glaude, ’18, immediately carved a spot for herself as an Explorer by getting involved on campus. She was on the women’s club rugby team, former president of the African American Student League, and tirelessly addressed issues of social injustice in the world, using her voice to help others find their own. She used that same voice to introduce former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama when she spoke on campus in 2016.
Ludmille recognizes Philadelphia as the perfect city to explore her passions and to help fulfill her dreams. With so many internship opportunities available in a city as large as Philadelphia, she had several internships which helped her build an impressive resume. However, she says the friendly community on campus was her favorite part of La Salle.
Chris Picariello, ’95, remembers the opportunities provided for him at La Salle to begin his career.
The La Salle community came together on Giving Tuesday to support the future of the University.
The annual campus event celebrated Christmas and other holiday religions with a hot cocoa bar, decorating stations, and photos with Santa.