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Early Assurance Admission Program

Qualified Political Science majors may apply and may receive conditional admission to the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (University of Pittsburgh) up to a year earlier than the general public, after completing only three years of undergraduate education. Those admitted will be guaranteed a minimum scholarship award of $5,000 a year, to be increased at GSPIA's discretion. Both admission and scholarship are contingent on completion of a Duquesne bachelor's degree with a major in Political Science and an acceptable academic and personal record.

Students are eligible if they:
1. Are currently enrolled as an undergraduate at Duquesne, pursuing a major in Political Science or International Relations
2. Have completed enough credits to be considered at least a third-year (junior) undergrad at the time of application
3. Expect to graduate from Duquesne in the next academic year
4. Have earned a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale
5. Intend to pursue either a Master of Public Administration, Master of Public & International Affairs, or Master of International Development at GSPIA.

Interested students should see the Political Science department chair.

Political Science Student Shares Melady Scholarship Experience

Political Science StudentMy name is Janae Staicer and I am a junior Political Science major here at Duquesne. This fall, however, I am studying and interning at American University in Washington, D.C. This is made possible by American University's Washington Semester Program. This is a very well developed program in which you get to choose from 12 different programs of study and apply for an internship.

The program seminar in which I am participating is Justice & Law: Public Law. This is unlike any class I have taken before. The professor, a lawyer and former staffer for several committees in the House of Representatives, has a plethora of connections and many years of experience on the Hill and in D.C. Some days we will meet in a classroom on campus for lectures, but most days we spend out in the heart of D.C. meeting important lobbyist, Congressman, and taking site visits to rare-privileged locations.

Once you're admitted to the program, you have access to a database with literally thousands of organizations in D.C. and surrounding areas looking for interns. These postings include law firms, think tanks, governmental agencies, news stations, lobbying firms, and many more. After much consideration, I am doing my internship at the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Colombia.

This is truly an amazing experience. There is an assumption that the price is costly, but since Duquesne is a member school there is a large tuition adjustment as well as financial aid available. In fact, I am the first recipient of the Ambassador Thomas P. Melady Endowed Scholarship. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me at staicerj@duq.edu.

Ambassador Thomas P. Melady Scholarship

New Double Major


Approved by College Council April 14, 2015

Students may major in Political Science for 30 credits and in Communication & Rhetorical Studies for 24 credits.

For the Political Science major, students will take the following courses:

Both of these required courses (6 credits):
POSC 105:  American National Government
POSC 245:  International Relations

One of the following courses (3 credits):
POSC 208:  Comparative Political Systems, Advanced Industrial States
POSC 209:  Comparative Political Systems, Developing States

One of the following courses (3 credits):
POSC 317W:  Western Political Thought I
POSC 318W:  Western Political Thought II

One of the following courses (3 credits):
POSC 427W:  Advanced Seminar
POSC 436:     Quantitative Analysis

And 15 credits of POSC electives.

For the major in Communication & Rhetorical Studies, students will take the following courses:

Both of these required courses (6 credits):
COMM 301W:  History of Communication
COMM 494W:  Communication Ethics

One of the following courses, depending on the major selected (3 credits):
COMM 201:     Human Communication in a Technological Age (Communication 
COMM 206:     Communication in the Marketplace (Integrated Marketing 
COMM 304W:  Persuasion (Rhetoric)
COMM 407:      Intercultural Communication (Corporate Communication)

15 credits of COMM electives corresponding to Communication Studies, Integrated Marketing Communication, Rhetoric, or Corporate Communication (see advising sheets for these majors).

How the shared courses substitute for Communication and Rhetorical Studies' own courses:  For students who are engaging in the double major option with the Political Science Department, such that a major in Communication & Rhetorical Studies consists of 24 credits (as the second major) and a major in Political Science counts as 30 credits (as the first major), the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies accepts the learning outcomes defined by any two courses (six credits) in Political Science as a sufficient approximation, in such cases, of learning outcomes defined by any two courses (six credits) that would otherwise be taken in the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies to fulfill the minimum 30 credits required for the degree. 

"LinkedIn Group"

The department has created a LinkedIn group for alumni.  Find it on LinkedIn by searching for "Duquesne University Department of Political Science Alumni."

Faculty News

The department says farewell to Drs. Leslie Rubin and Pat Dunham who are retiring.

Congratulations to Dr. Lew Irwin on his promotion to Major General in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Webb Award

The department congratulates Lara Konefal-Shaer on her receipt of the 2015 Harold J. Webb, Jr. Award for Excellence in Political Science.


Dr. Charles Rubin has published a new book, Eclipse of Man: Human Extinction and the Meaning of Progress (Encounter Books 2014)
The Arab Spring: Change and Resistance in the Middle East (Westview Press 2012, co-edited with David Lesch).
The Arab Spring unexpectedly developed in late 2010 with largely peaceful protests in a number of Arab countries against long-standing, entrenched regimes Rapid political change across the region ensued. The Arab Spring: Change and Resistance in the Middle East examines these revolutions and their aftermath. Noted authorities writing specifically for this volume contribute chapters focusing on countries directly or indirectly involved, illuminating the causes and immediate and long-term consequences of the revolutions in the region and internationally. A thoughtful concluding chapter ties together key themes, while also delineating persistent myths and misinterpretations.
Dr. Lew Irwin has published, Disjointed Ways, Disunified Means: Learning From America's Struggle to Build an Afghan Nation
Dr. Clifford Bob has published, The Global Right Wing and The Clash of World Politics (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics, 2012).
Dr. Mark Haas has published a co-edited volume, The Middle East and the United States: History, Politics, and Ideologies (5th edition), published by Westview Press. The co-editor is David Lesch. Dr. Haas also contributed two chapters to it: The Introduction (co-written with David Lesch) and "Ideology and Iran's American Policies, 1997-2008."
The Clash of Ideologies: Middle Eastern Politics and American Security (Oxford University Press, 2012).
This book examines how leaders' ideological beliefs have shaped America's relations with Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Turkey since the end of the Cold War. Most notably, the book demonstrates how ideologies have greatly affected policymakers' choices of allies and enemies, as well as efforts to spread their ideological principles abroad as a key means of advancing their interests. The purposes of the book go beyond advancing theoretical debates in the international relations literature. It also aims to provide policy guidance on key international security issues. These prescriptions are designed to advance America's interests in the Middle East in particular, namely how U.S. leaders should best respond to the ideological dynamics that exist in the region.
Congratulations to Dr. Moors on his new book, The Vega Factor, Oil Volatility and the Next Global Crisis.