Political Science is a popular undergraduate major, among the largest in the College of Arts and Sciences. The department offers three variations of a Bachelor of Arts degree:
- A general B.A. that allows students to pick courses that fit their particular interests (requirements here)
- A concentration in international affairs that permits students to study such topics as economic development, international security, and political change around the world (requirements here)
- A concentration in public law that focuses attention on law and courts and the relationship of both to larger issues of justice, social change, and democracy (requirements here)
The department also offers a Political Science minor (here) and a variety of interdisciplinary minors, including particularly Asian Studies (here), Foreign Service (here), Political Journalism (here), and Global and Local Social Justice - Power, Society, Culture (here).
The department offers distinctive opportunities for undergraduates:
- Students grapple with some of the most important social justice problems of our time, from racism and poverty at home to war, persistent underdevelopment, and oppression abroad. They do this both in classes and in extracurricular activities like the Atlas program (more information) or election watch parties.
- SLU's unique location in the heart of St. Louis opens up opportunities for students to understand first-hand the challenges that face American cities and to gain the skills needed to effect change in their own communities. Students may pursue internships in local or national government or with the many non-profit organizations in St. Louis (more information).
- Students interested in law can choose to concentrate in public law, have many opportunities for internship, and benefit from assistance in law school applications from Dr. Morgan Hazelton, our department specialist in law and judicial politics.
- Students interested in international relations or a foreign service career can choose to concentrate in international affairs. There are distinctive interdisciplinary programs at SLU in many areas of the world, including Middle East Studies, Russian and East European Area Studies, and Latin American Studies (more information).
- Students can study abroad at our sister campus in Madrid or at many other locations worldwide (more information).
- Class sizes are small. Students can expect individualized attention from their professors and also have the opportunity to conduct research, either assisting professors with their research or writing an honors thesis (more information).
- Undergraduates can start taking graduate classes before they earn their B.A. and quickly finish an M.A. as part of our accelerated M.A. program (more information).
Director of the Undergraduate Program: Dr. Jason Windett
McGannon Hall, Room 152