Mailing Address

Department of Political Science
4600 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

412-648-7250  Fax: 412-648-7277

The Political Science Department is located in Wesley W. Posvar Hall, on the southeast corner of Pitt's main campus. It is adjacent to Hillman Library and the Katz School of Business Administration. In addition to the Department of Political Science, Posvar Hall also houses the Departments of Anthropology, Economics, History, and Sociology.  It is also home to the School of Education, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), the University Center for International Studies (UCIS), the program for Africana Studies, the Undergraduate College of Business Administration, and the program for Urban Studies.

Posvar Hall is also the largest classroom building on campus. At 74,695 square feet, its floor area is equivalent to that in the Cathedral of Learning.Posvar Hall was built on the site of the former Forbes Field, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1909-1970. Babe Ruth hit his last two home runs at the ballpark. The actual home plate from Forbes has been preserved in the floor of Posvar Hall, embedded in glass. A commemorative plaque mentions the last two games played on the field—a double-header against the Chicago Cubs. The Pirates won both games, 4-1 and 3-2.