Politics, Philosophy and Legal Studies
The Department of Politics, Philosophy and Legal Studies is home to three distinctive areas of study, including one of the College's largest majors: Political Science. Our faculty members are published authors and experience teachers with a range of political and philosophical views and interests.
Clubs and Organizations
- College Democrats
- College Republicans
- Mock Trial
- Philosophy Club
- Pi Sigma Alpha (honor society)
- Political Science Club
- Pre-Law Club
Our proximity to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's state capital, opens up many doors for internships, field trips and partnerships with the Capital Semester Internship Program, the American University Washington Semester Program and the State House Legislative Fellowship Program. Many of our students also choose study abroad for a semester. The award winning Mock Trial Club allows you to build analytical and presentation skills useful for any career. Many of our students co-author academic papers with faculty mentors—and even present at national and international conferences. Two members of the class of 2014 earned Fulbright grants to further their studies abroad, and our alumni and faculty include a number of Finnegan Scholars.
Graduates from our programs find jobs in their chosen field or go on to further their education in graduate or law school. Our Political Science graduates work at government agencies, business management, private law practice, non-profit foundations, humanitarian organizations, higher education and lobbying firms. Our Philosophy graduates go on to careers ranging from professor to attorney, and a survey of our alumni from the past decade shows that 80 percent of our Philosophy graduates have full-time employment with an average annual salary of $50,000. Because many Political Science, Legal Studies and Philosophy majors intend to go to law school, our Pre-Law Advising Program prepares students for entry into top law schools.
LEAP is a 3+3 or 3+4 cooperative express admissions program which allows qualified students to complete core requirements and earn a bachelor's degree at Elizabethtown College and gain automatic acceptance to Drexel University's Earle Mack School of Law or Widener University's School of Law.