Affiliated Centers

The College of Liberal Arts has a number of resources available for political science degree students. Check out our affiliated centers for public policy research and community outreach. If you enroll as a student, we also encourage you to attend the Featherman Lecture Series, which addresses major public policy issues.

Public Service Internship Opportunities through the Public Service Cooperative

Temple University’s faculty, students and alumni have a long tradition of public service. In Fall 2020, Temple will offer four distinct credit-bearing internship opportunities for undergraduate students on the local, state, and federal levels.

Students interested in public service can work part time in Philadelphia in either city government or competitive political campaigns. Full-time internship programs are available in Pennsylvania’s capital city Harrisburg, or in the nation’s capitol, Washington D.C. If a student is interested in learning more about these credit-bearing internship programs, please complete the application below and speak with Program Coordinator Erin Dwyer erin.dwyer@temple.edu more information.

The Political Science Society

The Political Science Society welcomes all students taking political science coursework at Temple University. As an inclusive student organization, it sponsors exciting weekly and monthly activities including career forums, lectures, student and faculty mixers, law and graduate forums, seminars on popular topics, and trips to locales like New York City and Washington, D.C. Interested students should consult the Society’s websiteFacebook page or inquire directly at pssoc@temple.edu.

Pi Sigma Alpha

Pi Sigma Alpha is the national political science honors society. It was founded in 1920 and now includes over 500 college and university chapters in the US. Temple houses the Delta Rho chapter, which hosts public events with support from the national office, collaborates with other chapters in Philadelphia, and supports scholarship and publication opportunities for members. The chapter recruit majors every semester based upon a minimum GPA (3.65) and credit requirement (75). Inquiries should be directed to the chapter advisor and undergraduate chair.

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 can greatly enrich the undergraduate experience, particularly for political science majors studying international affairs and comparative politics.

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 (Tübingen 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 was 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 was actively involved in the boards of over 40 community and charitable organizations within the Philadelphia area. Sadly, she passed away April 26, 2018. 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.