PA Universities

PA Universities


Every curated onAir state Hub, like this Pennsylvania onAir Hub at, will have at least one onAir Chapter overseeing the moderation of their Hub’s content and discussions.

The onAir Chapters will be associated with major public universities in each state and be lead by students and a faculty advisor. Each lead onAir Chapter will also help to establish affiliated onAir Chapters at public and private universities throughout the state.

We are currently having discussions with students and faculty at Penn State University to establish and manage the lead onAir Chapter for Pennsylvania onAir. Through its chapters, Pennsylvania onAir will support the nationwide effort by colleges and universities across the country to  make democracy and civic responsibility a central aspect of higher learning.

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The PSU University’s onAir chapter will initially focus on training interested undergrad and graduate students on how to curate Pennsylvania onAir content especially submitting Top News articles, events, videos, and information and moderating forums in each post they curate.

Student curators will also work with state senate and house committee chairs to produce aircasts on issues being discussed and bills being proposed in their committees.

During election season, students with other other organizations like the League of Women Voters, will coordinate and produce aircasted debates with candidates.

Penn State University

Source: This Is Penn State

There’s a reason Penn State consistently ranks among the top one percent of the world’s universities. Across twenty-four campuses and an online World Campus, our 100,000 students and 17,000 faculty and staff know the real measure of success goes beyond the classroom—it’s the positive impact made on communities across the world.

Our ideals stem from our origins as Pennsylvania’s sole land-grant institution, which allow us to continue to bring positive impact to humanity through our teaching, research, and engagement mission. And across the world is a community of Penn Staters—more than half a million strong—driven by that same spirit to serve our local and global communities.

From access to state-of-the-art resources to interdisciplinary pursuits in collaborative atmospheres, a Penn State degree is more than an education. The experiences and knowledge gained here will form the foundation for the lives our students build. Their contributions to the world begin with a Penn State degree.

Civic Engagement Programs

Source: Student Engagement Network


By enabling even more students to have transformative experiences, the Student Engagement Network is helping to make Penn State a more vibrant place to live, learn, and grow. The network, which launched in 2017, is a comprehensive initiative across twenty-four campuses that connects students with curricular and co-curricular opportunities such as research, student organization involvement, community leadership, study abroad, internships, arts and performances, and more. Out-of-classroom learning accelerates students’ development and enhances their preparation for life after graduation. A joint effort between Undergraduate Education, Student Affairs, and Outreach and Online Education, the Student Engagement Network has built strong programs that impact students, faculty, staff, and communities locally, nationally, and globally.


  • Educate the Penn State community about student engagement partnerships and opportunities
  • Help students discover engagement opportunities that match their goals and interests
  • Prepare and advise students for engagement experiences through the grant program
  • Coordinate campus events that showcase student, faculty, staff, and community work
  • Provide faculty and staff the opportunity to explore the scholarship of engagement as fellows and scholars
  • Connect the Penn State community to experiences that enrich learning and impact

Student Government

Source: UPUA

As a student, you’re constantly faced with obstacles—affording your education, navigating social pressure, managing stress, staying safe. We know what it’s like, because we ARE you. We’re students representing students.

We are the University Park Undergraduate Association, your student government. But, you can just call us “UPUA.” We believe that you deserve to have someone fighting in your corner—for lower tuition, a safer and more inclusive campus, and to make the Penn State experience healthy and prosperous for every student.

Our mission is simple—to be the voice that represents and advocates for all Penn State University Park undergrads. We spend our free time thinking about how we can better serve you, and we’re just getting started.


Source: Careers and Internships

Where do I find an internship?

Locating an internship is the responsibility of the student. For help with this, check the website of the College of the Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network, which offers a database of known positions, including those in government, law, and public policy.

We also recommend that you search for internships online and utilize those people around you to learn about potential openings in fields you want to explore.

Where do students complete internships?

  • local, state, and national agencies (for example, the U.S. Department of State, Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office, and district attorneys offices);
  • international agencies (for example, the United Nations);
  • law firms;
  • lobbying organizations
  • candidates for local, state, and national office;
  • public policy think tanks; and
  • local, state, and national party organizations.

Internships are not accepted for faculty research projects.  You may, however, seek independent study credit if you work on such a project.

Academic Programs

Source: Department of Political Science

Undergraduate Programs

Political science is the study of power – how it is created, exercised, justified, and challenged. As a political science major, you will learn about the institutions, policies, and processes that govern our lives, and how they influence the dynamics within and between groups, such as nations, governments, political parties, social classes and political movements. You will learn how individual interests, behavior, and values are shaped by structures of power and how they can also guide and transform how power is used. Political science includes the study of different forms of democratic and authoritarian regimes, as well as war, repression, diplomacy, law, rights, gender and race politics, trade, political and economic development, and human well-being. It encompasses politics and governance at the local, state, national, and international level.

Political science employs a variety of research methods and draws insights from a wide range of fields, including economics, history, psychology, data science, sociology, anthropology, criminology, mathematics, ethics, neurobiology, and genetics. Consequently, political science appeals to students with many different interests and is a great combination with majors in the humanities and STEM fields. Our department offers several degree programs that give students the opportunity to develop knowledge of sophisticated research methods and strong critical thinking and oral and written communication skills.

Majors and Minors

Political Science

International Politics

Social Data Analytics



Graduate Programs

The Department of Political Science at Penn State provides a select group of students pursuing doc­toral degrees with opportunities to develop their expertise as researchers and as teachers. The department is an intellectual community of approximately 50 graduate students and 30 full-time faculty members.

Our excellent faculty-to-student ratio and our notable success in securing funding from sources such as the National Science Foundation and Russell Sage Foun­dation, means that students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty on major research projects in a variety of specialties.

In addition, Ph.D. students have been hired at leading colleges and universities, as well as  by public and private sector employers.

All students take core first year seminars on research design, quantitative methods, and pro-seminars that introduce students to their intended specialization.

Students then concentrate in one of our four core fields.

Cross-cutting foci ensure that students work with faculty and fellow students in multiple core fields, creating a matrix of different research specialties.

Dual-degree Programs

We partner with other programs to offer four unique dual-degree PhD programs and an inter-disciplinary certificate program.

Research Initiatives

Source: Centers and Institutes

The Political Science department collaborates with many departments in the College of the Liberal Arts and other academic colleges at Penn State through interdisciplinary research centers and institutes. These organizations harness a broad set of ideas to tackle big questions that impact politics in the U.S. and around the world.

Within the College of the Liberal Arts

Inter-college Centers


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