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.
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
You can choose among three options if you pursue a Bachelor of Arts in political science
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. 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
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
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.
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.,
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.
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.