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Political Science at St. Mary’s

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What is Political Science?

Through the courses it offers, the research its faculty, staff and students conduct, and through the events it sponsors, the St. Mary’s University Department of Political Science seeks to examine two vital questions:

  • What is – as Aristotle called it – the good life?
  • How can we, as members of the civic community, be effective creators of a good life characterized by legal and social justice?

To answer them, the Department commits itself to the education of the whole student, to the scholarly life, and to an approach that reaches out in service to society.

Degree Plans

Students can choose from a wide variety of programs:

Those interested in pursuing a master’s degree may select a 5-year combined program:

Those interested in further law study may wish to participate in:

Political Science Coursework

Political Science classes vary by program. Some courses include:

  • American National Government
  • Introduction to Global Affairs
  • Texas State & Local Government
  • European Politics
  • International Relations Theory
  • Judicial Politics & Law
  • Public Administration
  • Urban Policy

See the catalog for a complete listing of courses and their descriptions:

Career Opportunities

A political science degree opens the door to many possible career opportunities, from journalist to intelligence officer.

Political Science Community

Political Science Living and Learning Community

The Political Science Living and Learning Community is an opportunity for first year Political Science freshmen to live and take classes together, participate together in activities and events, and be mentored by a professor.

POLLCers learn about the diversity of the discipline, engage with faculty members and their research specializations and interests, and develop clear career goals related to the discipline by participating in the year-long experience.

Outside the Classroom

Students at St. Mary’s enjoy a variety of activities, events, clubs and special programs. A few examples that pair well with our Political Science programs include:

Learn more about the Political Science Program

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