Political Science Program


Political Science Program


What Can I Study?

The Department of History, Philosophy, & Political Science offers the following Political Science degrees and minor.

Undergraduate Degrees

News 

Third Annual PSC Alumni Newsletter Published

Three years ago, Drs. Rothermel and Bosworth made a concerted effort to strengthen our alumni network.  To that end, they decided to publish an annual alumni newsletter.  Dr. Rothermel explained, "Each year as I create our newsletter, I look forward to catching up with our alumni.  I am extremely proud of what they are accomplishing."  The purpose of the newsletter is to not only showcase our alumni but also keep them abreast of what is happening with their program.  You can view a PDF file of our newsletter:

2017 PSC Alumni Newsletter (click here)
2016 PSC Alumni Newsletter (click here)

If you would like to be added to our mailing list, or if you want to share what you have been up to, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Jonathan C. Rothermel. 

MU Political Science Alumnus Played Critical Role in War on Terror

AliSoufanAli Soufan, who graduated from Mansfield University with a political science degree, is considered by many to be a national hero. As an FBI agent, Mr. Soufan was the lead investigator in the aftermath of the USS Cole terrorist attack. Following 9/11, he interrogated numerous terrorists obtaining critical actionable intelligence and linking 9/11 to Al Qaeda. 

Mr. Soufan left the FBI in 2003 eventually starting his own global security consulting firm with offices in New York, London, Qatar, and Singapore. He has also been an outspoken critic of enhanced interrogation practices. He writes about his experience fighting terrorism in his book, The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War against al-Qaeda

In the book, Mr. Soufan fondly reminisces about his Mansfield University experience. It is noteworthy that it was Mr. Soufan's writing skills that brought him to the attention of his future boss and mentor, John O'Neill, who was the head of the FBI's Counter-Terrorism Office. Mr. Soufan has visited Mansfield University and spoken with political science majors. 

To view a CBS 60 Minutes interview of Mr. Soufan on the 10-year anniversary of 9-11, click here.

In Mr. Soufan's second book, Anatomy of Terror: From the Death of Bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State, he warns that despite the death of Bin Laden, Al-Qaeda should not be underestimated.   In May 2017, he discussed his book and the continued threat of Al-Qaeda in yet another CBS 60 Minutes interview, click here to read about it.  

 

Faculty Spotlight

Click here to read Dr. Rothermel's Harrisburg Patriot-News Op-Ed on rising tensions with North Korea. 

In a War with North Korea, There is no Hollywood Ending

Click here to read Dr. Rothermel's Harrisburg Patriot-News Op-Ed on foreign aid.

This is the Biggest Problem with Foreign Aid

Click here to read Dr. Rothermel's Philadelphia Inquirer Op-Ed on President Trump's SC nominee, Neil Gorsuch. 

Democrats, Don't Go to War over Gorsuch

Click here to read Dr. Rothermel's Harrisburg Patriot News Op-Ed on the promise of today's college students. 

To Find the Bright Spot in 2017 Turn to Gen Z

Click here to read Dr. Rothermel's US News & World Report Op-Ed on the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. 

5 Takeaways from the Donald Trump's Win

Click here to read Dr. Rothermel's Fox News Op-Ed on the first of three Hillary v. Trump debates. 

How to Fix an Already Predictable Debate

Click here to read Dr. Rothermel's US News & World Report Op-Ed on giving politicians a raise:

Give Politicians a Raise, Get Better Candidates

Click here to read Dr. Rothermel's US News & World Report Op-Ed on who Donald Trump should choose as his running mate:

Don-John 2016

Click here to read Dr. Rothermel's US News & World Report Op-Ed on whether or not Bernie Sanders should drop out:

Bernie's Dropout is Hillary's Move

Click here to read Dr. Rothermel's US News & World Report Op-Ed on the rise of Donald Trump:

We're All to Blame for Trump

Click here to read Dr. Rothermel's Fox News Op-Ed looking at the year ahead:

2016 New Year's Resolutions: What's Good for Us is Good for the Country

Click here to watch Dr. Bosworth's WETM TV News Interview on Trump:

Trump's Controversial Proposal to Ban Muslims from Entering the US

Click here to read Dr. Rothermel's Philadelphia Inquirer Op-Ed on his frustration with the gun debate in America:

Here's Why Gun Debate, Ultimately, Leads Nowhere

Click here to read Dr. Rothermel's US News & World Report Op-Ed on the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks:

The Problem with the French Flag on Facebook

Click here to read Dr. Rothermel's Fox News Op-Ed on the surge of Ben Carson:

Could Carson Win By a Hair? The Comeback of Stubble in Presidential Politics

Click here to read Dr. Rothermel's USA Today Op-Ed on the Presidential Primaries:

2016 Elections? No Thanks, I'd Rather Mow the Lawn

Click here to read Dr. Rothermel's Fox News Op-Ed on the rise of the selfie stick:

Put Down the Selfie Stick

Click here to read Drs. Bosworth & Rothermel's analysis of the 2014 midterm election:

The Most Important Non-Competitive Congressional Election