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Political Science, B.A. (Madrid)

SLU-Madrid’s political science program fosters a theoretical and empirical understanding of complex international processes that are increasingly important to all nations. The goal is to form leaders who understand the world today and have the tools to analyze key developments in global politics critically.

Political Science at SLU-Madrid

Major in Political Science

Saint Louis University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in international relations that can be completed in Spain. In addition, you’ll have the option to begin your studies in other political science disciplines — American politics, comparative politics or political thought, for example — and complete your degree in St. Louis, Missouri.

Our program places special emphasis on the study of international, multilateral and regional political and economic institutions, while examining public and private state and non-state actors' roles and interactions. As a political science student at SLU-Madrid, you’ll be exposed to a broad spectrum of issues in the increasingly complex and interrelated world, as well as national and international security challenges such as threats posed by nuclear weapons, terrorism, poverty, climate change and pollution.

Highlighted Courses

The political science degree is a 120 credit hour program that requires students to complete 43 credit hours of political science coursework, with courses completed in each of the following sub-fields:

  • American politics
  • Comparative politics
  • International relations
  • Political thought
  • Methods in political science (four credit hours)
  • Economics
  • Communication

Political science majors must take one course (three credit hours) taught by visiting faculty from the St. Louis campus, usually offered in a single summer session, or spend one or more semesters at the St. Louis campus. Come senior year, students are required to complete POLS 4610: International Relations: Theory and Practice and POLS 4630: The European Union: Politics and Political Economy.

Additionally, students with a GPA of 3.4 or higher, with approval from the program director, may take POLS 4991: Political Science Honors Thesis, in order to complete a one-semester, three credit hour senior thesis.

International relations majors can earn up to six credit hours through internships in intergovernmental or non-governmental organizations.

Internships and Careers

A degree in international relations prepares you for a wide variety of career options in local, state and federal governments, diplomacy, international trade and business, non-governmental organizations, policy analysis, political research, law and education.


Our political science faculty are leading researchers and academics holding degrees from top universities worldwide.

Tuition and Fees

SLU-Madrid is committed to providing quality Jesuit education at an affordable price. Tuition rates at the Madrid Campus are approximately 40 percent lower than comparable private universities in the U.S.

If you have questions or would like to speak with a financial aid officer, email us at

2018-2019 Tuition and Fees
Scholarships and Financial Aid


To be admitted to SLU-Madrid’s program in political science, you are required to have at least a 2.0 cumulative average and complete a declaration of major form, available in the Madrid Office of the Registrar.

Minor in Political Science

A minor in political science requires six courses (18 credit hours) distributed either in a general track or the specialized international relations track.

The general track requires three courses in the four major subfields of political science: American politics, comparative politics, international relations and political thought. You’ll be required to take an additional three political science electives, one of which must be at the 4000-level.

The specialized international relations track requires two political science electives and three courses in international relations, selected from the following:

  • POLS 1600: Introduction to International Politics
  • POLS 2930: Introduction to the Politics of the Middle East and North Africa
  • POLS 2930: Theory and Practice of Human Rights
  • POLS 2640: International Terrorism
  • POLS 2560: The Politics of Asia
  • POLS 2570: Introduction to Latin American Politics
  • POLS 4930: Crisis of Leadership
  • POLS 4630: The European Union: Politics and Political Economy
  • or POLS 4610: International Relations in Theory and Practice

Accelerated Study

Earn a B.A. and M.A. in Five Years

Saint Louis University’s accelerated B.A.-to-M.A in political science program provides students with the opportunity to earn both a bachelor's and a master's degree in approximately five years. If you are majoring in political science at the Madrid campus and possess a GPA of at least 3.4, you may apply for admission to the program during your junior or senior year.