Politics at Messiah College
Calling all independent thinkers who have an interest in public life and a concern for social justice.
As a politics major at Messiah College, you’ll immerse yourself among students and faculty who are energized by some of the same things that energize you: political campaigns, elections, diplomacy, international affairs, public health, immigration, the environment and race relations.
You’ll study with a dedicated, committed Christian faculty who will introduce you to the major sub-fields of this discipline: American and comparative politics, international relations and political theory. Our low student-to-faculty ratio creates an intimate and collegial learning environment, one that places a premium on individual student initiative, with the goal of helping you grow into an intellectually agile, socially fluent, and self-confident graduate, ready for a career in government, community, business, law, communications, or well prepared to enroll in graduate school.
So if you believe, as we do, that politics is part of God’s provision for creation, and a means of developing an abiding concern for public life in the interest of social justice, and you have an openness to opposing points of view and a commitment to the common good of all peoples, then we encourage you to consider being a politics major at Messiah College.
Politics major distinctives
As a politics major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:
- Land an exciting internship in nearby Harrisburg, the state capital of Pennsylvania, with a national organization, or even internationally in the United Kingdom as an intern in a Parliament member’s office!
- Choose to study in one of 40 countries through our nationally ranked study abroad program.
- Take thought-provoking courses such as International Business and the World Economy, East Asian or African Politics, and Politics Research Methods.
- Join a variety of student clubs and organizations such as the Student Government Association, Messiah College Democrats, Messiah College Republicans, Human Rights Awareness, Social Justice House and Reconciliation House.
- Have an opportunity to be a research assistant to or even co-author published works with department faculty.
- Refine your critical thinking skills.
Career options for politics majors
As a graduate of the politics program, students are equipped to secure positions such as:
- Policy advisor
- Public affairs officer
- Government relations specialist
- Campaign manager
- State or federal legislator
Internship opportunities for politics majors
Messiah’s nationally recognized Internship Center helps place students in a variety of politics internships. A few examples include:
- Legal firms
- Public defender's office
- Economic development agencies
- Lobbying associations
- State legislators' offices
- Offices of U.S. legislators
- Canadian Embassy
Learn more about the Department of Politics and International Relations
The Department of Politics and International Relations is housed in the School of the Humanities. Learn more about the Department of Politics and International Relations by visiting our website, or check out some of the distinctives below.
- Several Politics majors have received highly competitive domestic and international scholarships: Rhodes, Carnegie, Truman, Boren, Udall, Fulbright.
- A significant number of alumni have completed graduate/law programs at
prestigious institutions such as Harvard, Oxford, Princeton, Duke,
Georgetown and American, to name a few.
- Faculty areas of expertise include international relations, religion and
democracy, constituent perspectives, media, gender roles and political
socialization, immigration and multi-culturalism in Canada, social
welfare systems, political figures and their contributions to American
- Many internship opportunities are available locally, at the state and
national level, and internationally in a wide variety of settings.
- All professors have Ph.D. degrees.