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Saint Louis University Ranked as a Top 10 Program for Political Science

by Maggie Rotermund on 10/21/2020
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Saint Louis University’s Department of Political Science has been recognized by Bachelor Degree Center on its list of the top-rated political science programs for 2021. SLU ranked No. 9 in the nation.

Iowa Caucus

SLU students participate in an Iowa Caucus watch party, organized by political science faculty, in February 2020. Photo by Jeff Ackels.

Others in the top 10 included Boston College, Clemson and the University of Oklahoma.

The ranking terms SLU’s BA in Political Science “one the Missouri’s best political science degrees.” It also highlights the ability for SLU political science students to study or complete their degree abroad on the university’s Madrid campus.

Coursework includes the option of four concentrations – public policy, public law, international relations (Madrid) or international affairs. Internships available include options in research, campaigning, political science, the federal government, state/local government, public service, law or foreign service.

The Department of Political Science regularly hosts election watch parties, which provide students a chance to speak with faculty members and SLU groups about politics. SLU’s student political groups include the College Democrats, College Republicans, Young Americans for Liberty, Model UN, Rainbow Alliance, Green Billikens, UNA and Political Round Table. 

Political Round Table is a student-led and student-run open-forum, non-partisan discussion group. The group focuses on discussing issues, policies, and perspectives.

SLU launched the SLU/YouGov poll in 2020, which is the first independent, state-wide, non-partisan survey produced by an academic institution in Missouri.

The SLU/YouGOV Poll provides researchers and policymakers a scientific assessment of Missouri public opinion. A SLU/YouGov Poll will occur every year following the end of the state legislative session with an additional poll occurring in October in election years.

In terms of methodology, the site focused exclusively on accredited, trusted institutions, and ranking according to practical issues like cost, potential salary, and student satisfaction, using data from IPEDS and Niche.


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