Government, Law, and National Security
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.
Small Class Sizes
What Makes Us Different?
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.
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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The Government, Law and National Security degree prepares students for careers in:
- Federal/State/Local Government
- Law and Legal services
- Law Enforcement
- Homeland Security
- National Security
- Nonprofit Management
- Foster Care/Health Care/Education
- Social Welfare Policy
- Political Campaigns and Offices
- Students have gone onto pursue Graduate Degrees in: Law and Political Science
In addition, the GLNS program will prepare students for graduate study in law, government administration, business, and national security studies.
Alumni Podcast - Christelle Patrice '13
Check out this Alumni Podcast with 2013 GLNS alumna, Christelle Patrice, and learn about her job as a Forensic Interviewer with the Luzerne County Child Advocacy Center. You will also hear about her time as an Americor volunteer in California and her commitment to service that was fostered by Misericordia.
The GLNS program at Misericordia offers many unique and diverse course options, which has allowed me to explore my different career interests in this field.
The GLNS program has been very helpful in my path to becoming a lawyer. My internship at the Luzerne County Courthouse also helped guide my decision to pursue a career in law.
I credit much of my success to my time at Misericordia University. The Government, Law, and National Security program has top-notch faculty who supported my interests and challenged me. I am reminded daily of the positive impact Misericordia has had on my career.
Christopher Stevens, Ph.D
Associate Professor and Department Chair
Director, Government Law, and National Security Program