The Division of Social Sciences offers a bachelor's degree program in Political Science, which is designed to provide the student with a solid grounding in American political institutions, international relations, comparative political systems, public law, and political philosophy.
Throughout the curriculum the student is encouraged to critically examine the nature of relationships between citizens and the state as well as between states. The major in Political Science prepares the student for entry into careers in business management, interest group advocacy, political consulting, and public service at the national, state, and local levels. The Political Science major is often used as the preliminary step toward professional training in the law or advanced study in political science or public administration. The Political Science program provides students with opportunities for independent studies, field experiences, and internships. As a requirement for graduation, all Political Science majors must sit for a nationally normed exit examination in the Senior year.
CMU has two pre-law student organizations: Phi Alpha Delta is the national pre-law fraternity, and the Pre-Law Clubis for upperclassmen who plan to enter the law profession (advisor: Dr. John Carter). CMU also has a chapter of Pi Gamma Mu, an international social science honor society (advisor: Dr. Kristin Cherry).