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The Fullest Extent of the Law.
Wilkes' Political Science majors look at government and the law from the inside out, examining the fuel and gears that make the political engine run.
Our highly motivated and qualified students have worked
with faculty on research projects to put together educational programs, and to apply for research funding.
Opportunities for internships exist in nearly
every aspect of government and politics -- at every level of government and within each of the three branches of government.
Our accomplished faculty actively publish articles,
deliver conference papers, and lead professional organizations.
In 2005, Dr. Thomas Baldino was appointed to serve as a visiting scholar with the Pennsylvania Legislative Office of Research Liaison (LORL) for the academic year. He was also appointed to serve a two-year term as a speaker for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.
Wilkes' faculty frequently served as media consultants during the 2004 election. Our campus served as an arena for campaigns, forums, and panel discussions during that election -- both vice-presidential candidates utilized our Arnaud C. Marts Sports and Conference Center for campaign stops.
Wilkes' faculty are also instrumental in the successful placement of students in law and graduate schools. In fact, those students who work with their faculty advisors or the University's pre-law advisor have great success in gaining admission to at least one law or graduate program (90% or higher each year).
Contemporary, nationally noted contributors
to the fields of law and humanities are featured at an annual lecture series. Past speakers have included Irshad Manji, an award-winning journalist and author of The Trouble with Islam: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith and Amy Chua, professor at Yale Law School and author of the acclaimed book World on Fire.
Recent interns have worked in the offices of
Senator Arlen Spector, Rep. Paul Kanjorski, the Joint Urban Studies Center, the Luzerne County Public Defender's Office, and local government administrators' offices.
Graduates from Wilkes' political science program
have become lawyers, analysts, and law enforcement officers at state and local levels.
Congress to Campus
Congress to Campus was founded in 1976, and over 250,000 students have participated in the program. The program aims to promote public service, educate future leaders about Congress, and demonstrate that while political dissent is inevitable and important, it should be healthy and productive. Over the two day visit, Congressmen may speak with college students in classrooms, hold community forums, meet informally with students and faculty, visit high schools and civic organizations, and connect with local media. (more)
Tom Baldino (far left), Professor of Political Science, speaks with former Representative David Minge (D-MN) (center) and former Representative Steve Kuykendall (R-CA) (far right), during a recent Congress to Campus event.