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The Political Science Library Guide can assist both the practitioner within the discipline and the student looking to fulfill core course requirements within the political science discipline with their library needs.

The Political Science Major

 The political science major is designed to provide a sound basis for both graduate and career work in such fields as government service, law, teaching, politics, journalism, and foreign service. The department offers a wide range of rigorous courses on American political institutions, law, contemporary public policy, political theory, comparative politics, and international relations. The department emphasizes writing, critical reading, analysis and problem solving, and research skills within the context of questions about values. Though the major allows students the option to focus their studies on just about any area of interest, concentrations in pre-law, international relations, environmental studies and politics, and applied politics are available, and specialized contract majors and minors allow students to create more specialized programs of study.


Zotero is free, easy-to-use software to help you collect, manage, cite, and share your research sources.

User Guide


To find articles, click on the Articles tab.

To find books, search our catalog; the Books tab of this page also lists several reference books that may be of use.

To find web resources, click on the Websites tab.

For help writing your bibliography, click on the How to Cite Sources tab.

Check out the Career Guide's tab for help in writing your resume and job listing sites.

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Mercyhurst Center for Applied Politics