- Undergraduate Programs
Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree
One course in each of the following sub-fields of Political Science:
American Politics - All students must complete POLS 110 American Political System. 3 credit hours
Comparative Politics - pick one class, 3 credit hours
International Relations - pick one class, 3 credit hours
Political Thought - pick one class from POLS 170 Foundations of Political Theory, POLS 270 Issues in Political Philosophy, POLS 371 Ancient and Medieval Political Thought, POLS 372 Renaissance Political Thought, or POLS 376 Feminist Theory, Gender Justice, 3 credit hours
POLS 300 Methods in Political Science - 4 credit hours, including lab (prerequisite: any two Political Science classes or instructor permission)
Two 400-level seminars - 6 credit hours (prerequisite: at least one course in the same subfield and at least junior standing - or instructor permission)
As an alternative to one of the 400-level seminars, students having a grade-point average of 3.30 or better may, with Department Chair approval, take POLS 483, an individual research project under the supervision of a Political Science faculty member.
With permission, students may write a Political Science honors thesis, which can substitute for one of the 400-level seminars. Follow link to the right for more information.
Students may substitute 500-level seminars taught by regular Political Science faculty for the required 400-level seminars.
Political Science electives - 12 credit hours
Political science majors may not take more than six hours of independent study (POLS 498) and/or internship work toward the 34-hours Political Science requirement. The two 400-level seminars and the methods class must be completed at Saint Louis University, not by transfer credit. Only 15 hours of transfer credit can apply toward the Political Science major. Students may not count more than 18 hours of work completed at the 100 and 200 level toward major requirements.
Electives to complete 120 credit hours.