At the College of Liberal Arts, your pursuit of a Political Science degree may start in the classroom, but it doesn’t end there. Make the most of your education by taking on an internship, spending a semester in Washington, D.C., joining the Political Science Society or Pi Sigma Alpha or even studying abroad.

Undergraduate Internships

The Department of Political Science encourages students to pursue internships that help them gain valuable insights and experience from the public and private sectors with relevance for political study. Through generous gifts from its supporters, the department makes awards to students who secure appropriate internships. The awards are intended to offset the costs of taking on unpaid internships that do not lead to academic credit.

Departmental internships awards applications are collected every March. Completed applications will include a statement describing how an internship will further your studies, a list of organizations to which students have or will apply, a resume, a transcript and a letter of recommendation. More details are available with award announcements and by emailing the undergraduate chair, Dr. Heath Fogg Davis.

For a complete list of departmental and college level awards and scholarships you may be eligible for, please visit the College of Liberal Arts Awards and Scholarships page.

The Washington Semester

Students have the opportunity to participate in the Washington Semester, earning credit while interning in D.C. at places like the U.S. House of Representatives, the Smithsonian and the Washington Post. See the department for details.

The Political Science Society

The Political Science Society is the organization of all Political Science majors and minors at Temple University. The association represents the opinions and interests of Political Science undergraduate majors. The society sponsors activities including career forums, lectures, student and faculty mixers, law and graduate forums, seminars on popular topics, and trips to places like New York City and Washington, DC. Taylor Taliaferro is the president of the association for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Pi Sigma Alpha

Pi Sigma Alpha is the national Political Science Honor Society. Students who have distinguished themselves in the field of political science are inducted. Inquiries about membership should be directed to the faculty advisor of Pi Sigma Alpha, Dr. Heath Fogg Davis.

Study Abroad

Temple provides a number of opportunities for students to study abroad; to experience of living in, and meeting people from, other cultures; seeing different countries; and learning a foreign language. This opportunity can greatly enrich the undergraduate experience. The Office of Education Abroad and Overseas Campuses (200 Tuttleman Learning Center; phone: 215-204-0720) has information on a variety of programs abroad. Popular Temple study abroad locations include Tokyo, Rome, London, Paris, Germany (Tubigen and Hamburg) and Spain (Oviedo). Many Political Science majors opt to do a second major in Global Studies which has a “regional enrichment” requirement of study abroad or additional coursework. For more information on study abroad and the Global Studies major visit the Study Abroad website.


Featherman Lecture Series

In addition to our thriving departmental lecture series, we offer the exciting Sandra and Bernard Featherman Lecture Series. This series centers on coping with and resolving major policy problems. Made possible by generous benefactors, the series features the voices of eminent political scientists who address timely and timeless challenges confronting the United States. Past speakers include Cornel West (1991), Frances Fox Piven (1998), Margaret Levi (2006), Jane Mansbridge (2007) and Edward G. Rendell (2015).

Sandra Featherman is a former member of the Department of Political Science and University of New England president. With a particular scholarly interest in urban politics, Sandra Featherman has been actively involved in the boards of over 40 community and charitable organizations within the Philadelphia area. Bernard Featherman is an alumnus of the Temple School of Business and attended Temple Law School. A former business executive, Bernard Featherman has been an active voice in public policy, serving on many boards for urban enterprise zones and community health organizations.

Past Lectures:
1991: Cornel West, Princeton University,
Class of 1943 University Professor in the Center for African American Studies
The Color Line and American Democracy: The Ongoing Dilemma

1993: Mancur Olson, University of Maryland
Professor of Economics
Revisiting The Logic of Collective Action

1996: Theda Skocpol*, Harvard University
Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology
Civic Associations and American Democracy

1998: Frances Fox Piven, City University of New York
Distinguished Professor
Social Meanness, Welfare Reform, and the Transformation of Electoral Politics

2002: Michael Walzer, Princeton University
Professor Emeritus of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study
Just War Theory Revisited

2004: Rogers Smith, University of Pennsylvania
Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science
The Anatomy of the American Racial State

2006: Margaret Levi*, University of Washington
Jere L. Bachrach Professor of International Studies
Achieving Good Government – and Perhaps Legitimacy – in Third World States

2007: Jane Mansbridge* , Harvard University
Adams Professor Political Leadership and Democratic Values
What do We Want from Our Representatives, and Can We Get it?

2010: Ira Katznelson*, Columbia University
Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History
Shaded by Fear: The New Deal and Its Legacies

2013: Jacob Hacker, Yale University
Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science
Is American Politics Undermining the American Dream?

2015: Edward G. Rendell
Pennsylvania Governor (2003-2011)
Philadelphia Mayor (1992-2000)
Chairman, Democratic National Committee (2000)
The Direction of National Politics and Policy

2017: Peter Dreier
E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics
Chair of the Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College
Is a New Progressive Movement on the Horizon? Thinking and Organizing Beyond Trump

Affiliations at the time of Lecture. * Former President of American Political Science Association.