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The Department of Political Science department is home to outstanding faculty members and engaged and thoughtful students who are eager to serve in solidarity with others to address sources of injustice in our community and the world. The discipline of political science provides analytical tools to better understand the structures of power that produce inequality and oppression and also the knowledge to build systems more likely to heighten liberty. Through graduate and undergraduate programs in political science and international studies, the department trains students to meet the challenges of public service, to take active roles as citizens, and to address critical challenges in the world today. Faculty research examines questions of citizenship, representation, law, urban and international development, national security, democratization and other topics vital to communities and countries around the world.
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The Political Science department's undergraduate and graduate programs provide students with an effective combination of knowledge, theory, and practical research and analytical skills to prepare them to make meaningful contributions to society. Inspired by our Catholic-Jesuit heritage, the department is committed to cultivating our students' abilities to think deeply, carefully and well about relations of power so that they can become engaged citizens who are able to grapple with some of the most important social justice problems of our time, from racism at home to war, persistent underdevelopment, and oppression abroad. The department combines the best aspects of a liberal arts college and a top research university. The department is large enough to offer a wide range of classes, but small enough that students get individual attention from faculty. Faculty are passionate about teaching and mentoring students, and students get hands-on experience working with faculty engaged in cutting-edge research that addresses pressing national and international issues. SLU's location in the heart of St. Louis opens up opportunities for students to understand first-hand the challenges of American cities through field research and internships. SLU's Madrid campus and many other study abroad opportunities open up the rest of the world. Coursework and co-curricular experiences broaden students' perspectives and prepare them for careers beyond SLU.
Major in Political Science
Major in International Studies
Interdisciplinary minors in
Accelerated B.A to M.A.
Master of Arts in Political Science and Public Affairs
Dual J.D./M.A. in Political Science and Public Affairs
Ph.D. in Public and Social Policy
Global and Local Social Justice Minor
Department faculty excel in publishing, teaching and mentoring, service to the University, and the securing of external research grants. Recently, faculty have received National Science Foundation grants, Fulbright awards, published in top journals (American Political Science Review, Review of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, etc.), received outstanding paper, article, and dissertation awards and other national prizes. Faculty are also active in service to the University and the community. Many have received teaching awards. (More about our faculty and students)
Careers and Opportunities
Our students engage and transform the world. Students are prepared for careers in government, community organizations, international NGOs, media, the private sector and more. Political Science and Public Affairs degrees provide students with marketable skills in empirical data analysis and practical problem solving. International Studies students are well-equipped to navigate across national and cultural boundaries. Our graduates also excel in graduate and professional study at even the most selective schools. Many students go on to attend top law schools, find ways to serve their communities by studying public administration, and pursue advanced degrees in foreign service or area studies in preparation for a global career. The possibilities are limitless. (More about careers and other opportunities)