Government, Law and National Security

The Program in Government, Law and National Security (GLNS) at Misericordia University is designed to prepare students to enter the expanding national security workforce within both the government and the private sector. Students will achieve an integrated knowledge of political science, legal studies, behavioral science, management, history and national security studies focused on the deterrence, detection, and mitigation of domestic and international threats to the public safety.

The Government, Law and National Security degree prepares students for careers in:

  • Law Enforcement
  • Local, State, and Federal Government Administration
  • National Security
  • Public Safety & Security Services
  • Court Administration
  • Legal Services

In addition, the GLNS program will prepare students for graduate study in law, government administration, business, and national security studies.

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The GLNS program is designed to expose students to complex issues and complicated problems, and to educate them in the critical thinking skills that will enable them to effectively analyze a problem and then develop and implement a solution. The curriculum assures that every student in the program considers ethical issues related to law, government, and national security, and makes reasoned judgments about them; that they think independently and analyze information critically, with a view toward problem solving; that they understand and respect cultural differences and have a firm grasp of global perspectives; and that they communicate and interact with others effectively. The program integrates a balance of liberal arts and professional studies courses intended to produce forward-looking thinkers who can turn their thoughts to actions, leading to productive careers and continued personal and professional growth, rooted in the values of mercy, service, justice and hospitality.

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Fast Facts and Outcomes

The Government, Law and National Security program (GLNS) awards a Bachelor of Arts Degree and provides students with an integrated knowledge of political science, legal studies, and public administration to prepare them to enter government service and the private sector performing public administration and policy jobs related to security, the law, and public policy. Courses examine and evaluate the means to address threats to security, engage the policy making process, provide efficient administration of public resources, and render a legal system that upholds public safety and sound public administration. Courses equip graduates with a solid academic foundation for entry-level career employment in broad areas of criminal justice, homeland and national security, government service, the law and legal services, campaigns and elections, non-profit administration and management, and political affairs in the private sector. In addition, the GLNS program will prepare students for graduate study in law, government, non-profit administration and public policy, political science, and national security studies. The GLNS program offers internships, career planning exercises, and study away options, all of which introduce students to specific careers and key government officials, security experts, and law enforcement officers.

What makes Misericordia’s GLNS program stand out from all the rest:

GLNS offers course and extra-curricular activities that combine the traditions of liberal arts and vocational training. We will hone the research and writing skills of students as we explore career paths in classes, internships, and on-campus symposiums. Our program integrates learning through partners with non-profits, government agencies, political campaigns and other community actors. Other schools tend to approach political science from a liberal arts method and consider an internship requirement sufficient career preparation.

Job opportunities for a GLNS degree include the following fields:

  • Federal/State/Local Government
  • Law and Legal services
  • Law Enforcement
  • Homeland Security
  • National Security
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Consulting/Contracting
  • Foster Care/Health Care/Education
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Political Campaigns and Offices
  • Students have gone onto pursue Graduate Degrees in: Law and Political Science

Student professional opportunities experienced in:

  • Faculty-Directed Research
  • Study-Abroad Programs
  • Peace Corps
  • Summer Research Fellowships (SURF) at Misericordia University
  • Washington Semester Program at American University (Washington, DC)
  • Law and Security Oriented Internships:
    • U.S. Marshalls
    • New Jersey State Police
    • Luzerne County Pennsylvania sheriff and judicial system
  • Public Policy Oriented Internships:
    • The Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development
    • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
    • The Commission on Economic Opportunity
    • Luzerne Country Government
  • Career Oriented on Campus Panels recently held:
    • FBI, SWAT, Campaign Management, Graduate School, Detective, and the Nonprofit Sector

GLNS alumni have obtained employment at:

  • Pennsylvania Governor’s Office
  • U.S. Congress (campaign official/election manager)
  • Local Police in New Jersey
  • Social Security Administration
  • Pennsylvania State Police
  • U.S. Navy
  • Defense Contractor in Washington D.C.
  • Non-Profit Agencies
  • New America Foundation Think Tank

Admission Requirements

The minimum criteria for admission into the Government, Law and National Security program as a freshman student are:
  1. Class rank in the top half of the high school graduating class and/or a cumulative 2.5 grade point average
  2. Minimum combined SAT score of 850 for Critical Reading and Math (combined) if taken prior to March 5, 2016, or 930 if taken after March 5, 2016. In lieu of the SAT, ACT results may be presented with a minimum required composite score of 18
Successful transfer applicants will typically hold a minimum collegiate grade point average of 2.0, having completed at least 15 college credits, and have a proven record of success in high school.
Please note the above listed requirements are general, and that each application is looked at thoroughly, taking into account individual grades, academic rigor, and other factors.
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