Political Science

Political science students at Saint Louis University learn how to address big questions, such as what makes a government legitimate or what makes up a good society. You’ll discover the root causes of global issues such as terrorism, poverty, refugees and war. And you’ll be prepared to understand political power at all levels.

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 Study elections in the United States, the role of law in political systems, economic development and democratization around the world, and diplomacy and globalization. 


Major in Political Science

SLU’s degree in political science is a 34-credit hour program that includes courses in American politics, comparative politics, international relations and political thought.

You can choose among three options if you pursue a Bachelor of Arts in political science at SLU:

  • A general B.A. that allows you to pick courses that fit your particular interests.
  • An emphasis in international affairs through which you’ll study such topics as economic development, international security and political change around the world.
  • An emphasis in public law that focuses on law and courts and the relationship of both to larger issues of justice, social change and democracy.

You will have the option to write an honors thesis and can receive course credit for completing a research project with a faculty member in the Department of Political Science. Students also are encouraged to study abroad at Saint Louis University in Madrid, or through programs in China, France, Belgium and many other countries.

Accelerated option:SLU’s accelerated bachelor’s-to-master’s program enables talented political science majors to start taking graduate courses before they have completed requirements for their bachelor’s degree. Applying for the program requires no fee or additional test scores.

Curriculum
  • POLS 1150: American Politics
  • POLS 2000: Methods in Political Science
  • One course in comparative politics
  • One course in international relations
  • One course in political thought picked from the following:
      • POLS 1700: Foundations of Political Theory
      • POLS 2700: Issues in Political Philosophy
      • POLS 3710: Ancient and Medieval Political Thought
      • POLS 3720: Renaissance Political Thought
      • POLS 3770: Feminist Theory, Gender Justice
Internships and Careers

Undergraduate students majoring in political science at SLU may take six credit hours of electives through internships offered in areas such as campaign practicum, foreign service, state and federal government, and overseas fieldwork.  

Graduates from SLU with a degree in political science are prepared for jobs in government, international organizations, community and nonprofit organizations, education, law, NGOs, journalism, diplomacy, survey research and fields related to the promotion of social justice.

An undergraduate degree in political science also provides marketable skills in empirical data analysis and practical problem-solving. It is a traditional major for students interested in law school or planning a career in politics. 

Faculty

SLU’s political science faculty members are experts in a wide range of fields, including the American presidency, Asian and Middle Eastern politics, international security, political leadership and public policy.

  • Ellen Carnaghan, Ph.D.,
  • J.D. Bowen
  • Jason Windett, Ph.D.,
  • Wynne Moskop, Ph.D.
  • Robert Cropf, Ph.D.
  • James Gilsinan, Ph.D.
  • Ruth Groff, Ph.D.
  • Morgan Hazelton, Ph.D.
  • Nori Katagiri, Ph.D.
  • Amber Knight, Ph.D.
  • Chryl Laird, Ph.D.
  • Michelle Lorenzini, Ph.D.
  • Steven Rogers, Ph.D.
  • Robert Strikwerda, Ph.D.
  • Emmanuel Uwalaka, Ph.D.
  • Ann Wainscott, Ph.D.
  • Kenneth Warren, Ph.D.
  • Penny Weiss, Ph.D.

Minor in Political Science

To earn a minor in political science at SLU, students complete 18 credit hours of coursework. You can select the general political science minor or a specialized minor in Asian studies, foreign service, political journalism, and global and local social justice. These minors are open to students in any major.


Student Research

Address Pressing Issues 

Students who study political science at SLU benefit from a program that combines the best aspects of a liberal arts college and a top research university. You’ll work with caring and enthusiastic faculty members and have the chance to participate in projects that address pressing national and international issues.