Saint Louis University

The Political Theory concentration requires 30 hours of coursework, including the following:

Required core course - 3 hours

  • POLS 5700 History of Political Thought

Other required courses - 12 hours. Choose from:

  • POLS 5710 Citizenship and Social Difference
  • POLS 5730 Contemporary Political Ideologies
  • POLS 5740 Marx's Capital
  • POLS 5750 American Political Thought
  • POLS 5760 Feminist Theory
  • POLS 5770 Feminist Epistemologies
  • POLS 5780 Leadership and Culture
  • Courses from other departments approved by the Coordinator of Graduate Studies to satisfy this political theory requirement

Political Science electives - 15 hours, 6 hours of which may be in the form of an internship or M.A. thesis

Field exam - 0 hours, taken at the start of the final semester of coursework


All students need 30 credit hours for the degree. No more than 12 hours of the M.A. may be taken outside Political Science; no more than 6 hours may be taken at the 4000-level; and no more than 6 hours may be independent study classes or internships.

Some classes have prerequisites. Depending on their undergraduate preparation, students may be required to take specific undergraduate classes prior to enrolling in graduate classes.

Exceptions will be allowed only with the approval of the Coordinator of Graduate Studies for the department.